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Non-availability of data has made governance difficult in this part of the globe —Chams boss

Group Managing Director, Chams Plc, Mr. Femi Williams, in this interview with Akin Adewakun, shares some of the company’s exploits in the past few years, including its recently launched biometric identity card, while insisting that governance in Nigeria would have been less tasking if necessary data and statistics had been available. Excerpts: You recently launched [...]

Our problems will persist until we find enduring solutions to identity – CHAMS GMD

Chams Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading companies has evolved over the last 3 decades from computer and hardware maintenance to the provision of enterprise technology solutions in identity management and identity transaction systems for the public and private sectors. Recently, it facilitated the identification process for the government of the state of Osun. The initiative [...]


In its quest to achieve optimal member engagement and management, the prestigious and most famous post primary Alumni Association, Kings College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) has signed on to the Chams membership management system(CMMS). The CMMS is designed to automate member related processes from Registration, Member identification, Member Communication, Event and Activities, Tracking, dues and [...]


Against the back drop of the challenges that has hindered the development of the transport sector in one of Nigeria’s commercial hub, the administration of Governor Willie Obiano has taken the bold step of transforming and repositioning the Anambra state Transport sector for better service, improved access and optimal results for all. In order to [...]

BOARD APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Akabueze, Bukar and Ibidapo-Obe joins the Chams PLC Board

The Board of Directors of Chams Plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kyari Abba Bukar, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe and Mr. Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze as non-executive directors of the company subject to ratification by members at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM). Their appointment came on the heels of the retirement of Alhaji [...]

We have our eyes on the London Stock Exchange in Chams – MD

Managing Director of Chams Plc, Mr. Olufemi Williams, in this interview, talks about the journey of the information technology firm in the last 30 years, the state of the Nigerian economy, and his plans for the company as he takes over as the new helmsman. Excerpts: Nigeria recently had a changeover in government and the [...]

ChamsMobile partners Skye Bank on Virtual Visa Card In Nigeria

Mr. Gavin Young ChamsMobile and Skye Bank Plc have signed an agreement to launch a Virtual Visa Card in Nigeria – an entirely digital payment card for online and mobile use. Virtual Visa Card programs have had great success in Asia and Europe, and this new program will expand financial inclusion to millions of Nigerians. The new Virtual Visa Card will be available in March from ChamsMobile & Skye Bank. Gavin Young, deputy managing director, ChamsMobile, said that he was excited to partner with Skye Bank on the new virtual payment solution, which was developed with the company’s international joint venture partners Bancore and Global Technology Partners (GTP). According to Young, with the Virtual Visa Card offering on mobile phones, millions of Nigerians will have access to payments and make purchases, along with a range of other services, by using a Visa card from their phone & other electronic devices, with the benefit of access to the global digital economy. […]

Chams CEO Demola Aladekomo To Retire In September

L-R: Olufemi Williams, DMD Chams Plc, Oscar Onyema, MD Nigerian Stock Exchange, Demola Aladekomo, MD, Chams Plc and Luqman Balogun, MD CardCentre Nigeria Ltd Chams Plc has announced the retirement of the company’s Group Managing Director and CEO, Demola Aladekomo, starting an orderly leadership transition over the next seven months. Aladekomo’s decision to retire will bring to a close a remarkable career of nearly 30 years of continuous service to the company and its stockholders by September 28, 2015. “Demola Aladekomo has been a very strong leader, the only Group Managing Director and CEO in the company’s great and nearly 30-year history, and one who has managed the company through challenging times and market transitions. The board is grateful for his innumerable contributions to the company and his distinguished tenure as CEO over the last 29 years,” said Ayo Richards, chairman of the board. […]

Chams appoints Awosika as Director, names new CFO

Leading technology firm, Chams Plc has announced the appointmentof Dr. JosephineAwosika (MFR) to its Board of Directors. The company also named Mrs Christianah Olaniyan as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Dr Mrs. Derin Awosika Dr. Awosika, who also serves on the board of AccessBank Plc and Capital Insurance Nigeria Limited as non-executive director, is a technocrat with extensive and meritorious public and private sector experience. She is expected to bring her wealth of experience at executive and boardroom levels in technology, power and banking sectors to bear on the business of Chams Plc. Dr. Awosika was the pioneer the National Coordinator/Chief Executive of the National Programme on Immunization; Director(Parastatals) in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation;Director (Department of Community Relations & Youth Development) in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior;Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office, in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science & Technology. She retired from the Federal Civil service as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power in January 2013. […]

Charmed at Chamscity

A Reporter’s Diary on 2014 JAMB UTME When Mr. Fabian Benjamin, the Public Relations Officer of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), called from Abuja, about two weeks to the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, to inform me that I had been selected as one of those to monitor the conduct of the exam in Lagos, I had no idea of what that would entail.  I had no idea of which centre I would be posted, to do the monitoring, although he had made me understand that further information on the matter would be communicated to me “in due course.” But when, some days to the exam, I got a letter from the Test Administration Department, routed through the Lagos office of JAMB at 11, Ojora Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, assigning me to my place of duty (Chamscity, 2A, Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja), and specifying my duties or responsibilities, it became clearer, to me, the kind of exam I was to monitor or supervise: Dual Based Test (DBT). For the benefit of those who don’t know, JAMB UTME is divided into three paper modes, depending on the candidate’s choice or luck. They are, namely: PPT (Paper and Pencil Test) for those who choose to do the exam, in the hard copy of both the question paper and answer sheet (as you must have discovered from reading Judex Okoro’s report on the opposite page, most of the examination malpractices being complained about in the conduct of JAMB UTME emanate from this area); DBT (Dual Based Test) for those candidates who prefer to read the questions online but shade the answers on the hard copy answer sheets provided for the purpose and CBT (Computer Based Test) – for candidates who prefer to read and shade in the answers online (this reporter understands from JAMB officials that result of this mode of exam could be sent to candidates via their mobile phones, within 20 or 30 minutes of  the end of the exam). […]