Theme of the 11th International Conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), “e-Government and National Security’ highlights the importance of IT in governance and security for the development of an inclusive, prosperous, technology enabled nation. Venue is Royal Park Hotel, Iloko Ijesa, Osun State from 24 to 26 July 2013. Jidaw notes that NCS, the leading organization of Information Technology Professionals, Interest Groups and Stakeholders in Nigeria is the national platform for the advancement of Information Technology Science and Practice in the country.
E-government and National Security- Engagement, Partnerships and Action: As the acknowledged professional authority facilitating the development of a globally competitive and IT driven Nigeria, NCS drives progress on critical technology related issues through the annual conference of the Society. As publicized by Jidaw on this blog, in year 2012, the conference addressed tools and strategies for achieving Cashless Nigeria.
The conference aims to help businesses especially government agencies and industries (Local and Multinational) in Nigeria better understand the benefits of today’s technologies and prepare for tomorrow’s advances. Host is the Executive Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Jidaw notes that the theme of the conference, “e-GOVERNMENT AND NATIONAL SECURITY” is about both relevance and advancement. Security and good governance are developmental challenges that are ever more central to the survival and progress of the nation. Few societal challenges today deserve more attention. Jidaw asks: What can IT do in governance to better meet the needs of Nigeria and its people? What are the issues in IT in security? How well is the nation employing IT to generate employment through these areas? What are IT professionals and stakeholders doing? Where are the opportunities? Where are the challenges?
According to Professor Adeola Aderounmu, NCS Conferences Chairman, “e-Government which is the application of information and communication tools in government, world over, is currently changing the way government business is implemented with emphasis on, transparency and efficiency in the delivery of government services. For better governance, there is the need for Government to deploy ICT tools and processes for efficient administration and enhance revenue generation. Also, Nigerian government needs to demonstrate that it is capable of defending its National Security against external and internal threats with the deployment of Information Communications Technology”.
The conference will focus on Public-key Infrastructure (PKI) which is a set of hardware, software, people, policies, and procedures needed to create, manage, distribute, use, store, and revoke digital certificates in particular, and the following sub-themes in general:
- Transforming the Art of Governance through e-Government
- Promoting Smart Government and Social Security through Information Technology
- Promoting Economic Security through Information Technology
- Promoting Political Security through Information Technology
- National Database as Core Field of National Development
The Venue is Royal Park Hotel, Iloko Ijesa, Osun State. The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is the Host, while other State Governors will also be in attendance to showcase the ICT utilization in their various States.
Strategic organizations championing e-Government and National Security efforts and policies in Nigeria will fully involved in the event. A wide range of opportunities are available for various companies and organizations to showcase their products (hardware and software) and also to provide tutorials especially in the area of e-Government and National Security. Jidaw notes that according to the release from NCS Conferences committee, during the conference 15 experts will be invited to make presentations on the highlighted sub-themes. The first call for technical papers is already out. NCS plans to 20 technical articles for presentation.
Table 1 shows summary of proposed activities for the forthcoming conference.
Table 1: Summary of Activities
|1.||Presentations ( Invited Paper)||15|
|3.||Exhibitions ( Software and Hardware)||05|
|4.||Tutorials on e-Government and National Security||02|
NCS expected audience includes but is not limited to Government agencies, private organizations, academia, individuals, Information Technology professionals, etc. The minimum expected participants is 1500.
NCS Akwa Ibom 2012 Conference was outstanding. NCS 11th International Conference promises to be even more meaningful and impactful. Stakeholders are invited to join NCS in making history.
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