Born on 1st September, 1919 in Lagos State, Engr. Victor Adetunji Haffner had his elementary education at Christ Church Faji School and his secondary education at CMS Grammar School, Lagos. His performance at the senior Cambridge Examination in 1938, made him to be one of those exempted from London Matriculation Examination. He attended Northampton Polytechnic (now City University) London, and the Polytechnic, Regent Street London and became a graduate of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1954.
He was appointed a Pupil Engineer in London by the Department of Posts and Telegraphs Nigeria in 1954 and after completion of Post Graduate Training with the British Post Office, and Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company in Chelmsford, England, he returned to Nigeria in 1956, and was posted to Kano in charge of Aeronautical Meteorological and Police Communications Network in the Posts and Telegraphs Department.
In 1957, he was transferred back to Lagos State and held the position of Wireless Engineer, Colony, He was later transferred to the Directorate Headquarters in the Transmission and Radio Division, responsible for the planning and installation of radio systems all over Nigeria. In 1962, he was promoted to the post of Assistant Engineer-in-Chief and in 1963 he was seconded to the new company, Nigerian External Telecommunications Limited (NET), and became the Managing Director of NET. He was responsible for the construction of NECOM House at 10, Marina, Lagos.
Engr. Haffner has contributed immensely to the development of engineering. He represented Nigeria in many International conferences on Telecommunication. In 1974, he was appointed President of the Administrative Council of International Telecommunications Union, the specialized agency of United Nations responsible for World Wide Telecommunications Systems. Between 1969 and 1972, he was the representative of Nigeria at the Intersat Conferences in Washington DC, which established the definitive arrangements for the Global Satellite Telecommunication Systems. He retired in 1975 to set up his consultancy firm, Telecoms Systems West Africa Limited.
He is a registered Engineer, Past President of the Council of Registered Engineering Regulation of Nigeria (COREN) and Fellow, the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
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