IIM-Africa Inducts new members in UK, Describes Technology, Knowledge & Information as Most Powerful Tools

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L-R: Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, Chairman/President, Institute of Information Management (IIM), Africa and Mr. Sammons Scott, Chair - Information and Records Management Society, United Kingdom at Crowne Plaza London, during the official presentation of IRMS United Kingdom Fellowship, (Awarded earlier in 2015 by the Society) to Amb (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, being the first and only African Fellow of the Society. ​
L-R: Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, Chairman/President, Institute of Information Management (IIM), Africa and Mr. Sammons Scott, Chair - Information and Records Management Society, United Kingdom at Crowne Plaza London, during the official presentation of IRMS United Kingdom Fellowship, (Awarded earlier in 2015 by the Society) to Amb (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, being the first and only African Fellow of the Society. ​

The Premier Information Management Institute in Africa, the Institute of Information Management (IIM), recently held her maiden Induction/Investiture ceremony at Crowne Plaza, Battersea, London.

In his welcome address, Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, President and Chairman of the Council dwelled on the importance of technology as the most powerful tool when combined with knowledge and information.

In addition, he said the dream of the Institute is to help both public and private organizations in Africa develop the required frameworks, tools and culture needed to build capability and capacity by improving professionalism in the field of Information Management.

The theme of this phenomenal event was “Institutionalizing Information Management in Africa” a paper delivered by Mr. Neil Mc Callum, Partner, Eunoia Limited, UK. In his keynote address, Mr Mc Callum addressed the need to re-model the way public sector information management systems work from the legislative framework, controlling information management to the structure/staffing of the organisations that implements/executes legislation.

According to him, “it is imperative for people, both decision makers and citizens to change their mind set on how they see and perceive information itself”. He said that for this to happen, there are two problems which, on the face of it would seem unlikely to occur simultaneously: An excessive concern about form and structure over content; and a failure to see information as an organisational resource.

“Information management has been neglected for decades. The insurgency of the social interactive media technology has totally changed the way we view, collect, disperse, archive, and retrieve information, as well as the entire information management process from back in the days.  We are therefore here today, to sensitise the populace on the need for a proper management and protection of records and information”.

Two Sub theme papers were delivered by Scott Sammons, Chairman, Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) UK and Mr. Femi Ogunremi on Data Protection Imperatives for Africa and Information Governance in Africa – The Role of health care practitioners respectively.

The high point of the event was the presentation of the Information & Records Management Society (IRMS) Fellowship Certificate to Amb. (Dr) Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole by Scott Sammons, Chairman, IRMS UK. A remarkable achievement by the IIM President being the first and only African to be inducted into the UK Information & Records Management Society (IRMS).

The ceremony which attracted dignitaries and professionals both from Nigeria and Diaspora cuts across board spanning, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications, Hospitality and Tourism, Administration, Health Care, Government Parastatals.

IIM also recorded another feat by bringing together all that matters in the Diaspora to attend this monumental event with the aim of inducting and recognising those personalities who have excelled in their various fields and made substantial contributions to the development of Information Management & Technology profession both in Nigeria and in Africa.

New members were inducted into different membership grades.

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