Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) President emphasizes local content development, reveals impressive Conference Speaker line at Press Conference. NCS has reiterated the need for massive job creation through IT as it assembled an impressive speaker lineup to share their extensive knowledge and experience at its 24th National Conference. Holding from Wednesday 25 to Friday July 27, 2012 and taking place in Le Meridien Ibom Hotel, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, the conference theme is “Towards a Cashless Nigeria: Tools and Strategies (Cashless 2012)”.
Stressing that NCS is focused on job creation and combating terrorism through IT, Demola Aladekomo, President of the Nigeria Computer Society, revealed a lineup of specialists that will be speaking straight to national and international audience. In announcing the presentation line-up, Aladekomo noted that speakers have been carefully chosen to deliver quality focus on the benefits, opportunities and challenges of Cashless as they relate to technology. Jidaw, IT human capital development and consulting firm, notes that attendees will benefit from the unique insights of these thought-leaders on the impact of cashless on the development of the nation as well as the responsibilities of IT practitioners and industry players.
Jidaw supports the conference which annually provides a unique networking platform for the Information Technology and Communications sector; it is the leading professional conference for IT professionals and stakeholders in Nigeria, attracting practitioners, decision makers, policy makers and professionals from Nigeria and all over the world. The NCS Conference is Nigeria’s largest gathering of high-level stakeholders in IT from business, industry, education, government and social communities. Jidaw notes that is the key networking and professional event for advancing Information Technology for Development and promoting the interests of IT stakeholders in Nigeria.
Dr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah – Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the national telecommunications regulator, will speak on: “Developing Sustainable Infrastructure Frameworks for Secure and Reliable Cashless Transactions”.
Bisi Lamikanra, Partner Advisory KPMG will deliver a presentation on: “Managing the transition to a Cashless economy in Nigeria: the Challenges and Strategies”
John Tani Obaro, MD Systemspecs will speak on: “Software in a Cashless Economy: Catalyst for Innovation, Local Content Development and Job creation”.
Oscar Onyema, Director General, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) will speak on: “Funding the Cashless Society: IT Venture capital and the ASeM Initiative”
Mr. Niyi Yusuf Country Manager, Accenture will speak on: “Making Cashless Sustainable: Connecting the Academia, IT industry and the business world”
Mr. Sule Umar Bichi, MD, Fedex will speak on: “Cashless Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges in the Postal Sector”
Mr. Tope Aladenusi, Head, Information & Technology Risk and Enterprise Risk Services at Akintola Williams Deloitte will speak on: “Transferring Risk from Cash to Cashless: Security, Risk Management and Compliance “
Dr. Chris E. Onyemenam – Director General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will speak on: “National Identity Management: Issues and Challenges”
NCS expects Central Bank of Nigeria to be fully represented also.
The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) consists of all Information Technology Professionals, Interest Groups and Stakeholders in Nigeria. NCS is the national platform for the advancement of Information Technology Sciences and Practices in Nigeria.
The Choice of Akwa Ibom
Why Uyo? According to NCS, the choice of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital is strategic, pro-technology and pro-development. Governor Akpabio’s IT deployment policy in the state makes Uyo a familiar and innovation friendly terrain for IT professionals and stakeholders. NCS has in fact congratulated the Governor and the people of Akwa Ibom state on the inauguration of its e-library by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, June 25 2012. Jidaw notes that NCS plans to visit this exciting, knowledge based and technology driven project during the upcoming conference.
Furthermore in choosing Akwa Ibom, the national outlook of NCS comes into play in view of its commitment to accelerating the pace of IT development throughout the country through the six geopolitical zones of the nation. This inclusive approach is used to facilitate the development of information and knowledge based economy in which all the people of Nigeria deploy and exploit IT to gain significant social, economic and educational benefit and fulfill their potentials.
IT for National Development
Aladekomo noted that organizing the conference highlights the relevance of NCS in a society becoming increasingly dependent on technology, stating that NCS and its members can play a massive role in state of security nationwide and terrorism and job creation. He explained that the cashless policy not only helps reduce cash carrying but also reduces cost of corruption and helps in tracing of the funders of terrorism. Members of NCS have played a major role in the success of the Cashless Lagos project so far, which has already created 100,000 jobs.
Since NCS is focused on ensuring cashless drives local content development and the creation of jobs locally, the readiness of telecom infrastructure to support cashless, Identity management, Security and other Risk management issues will all be explored extensively. The NCS President emphasized the need for government to support and encourage IT driven projects such as outsourcing and call centre operations to generate massive employment opportunities here in Nigeria. He went further to insist that government agencies should use Nigerians and local firms to execute projects instead of always importing products and solutions and creating jobs in other countries. In his words, “importing payroll software into Nigeria is a crime against humanity. Any government agency doing that is working against the interest of Nigerians. It is a massive concern and all of us should condemn it”.
In Jidaw’s opinion the conference is a unique opportunity for the technology community to come together to drive change by looking at practical and sustainable ways of establishing the IT driven financial system of cashless and the impact on pressing national issues such as job creation and security. Participants will learn, share perspectives and engage through plenary sessions, presentations, practical demonstrations, discussions and special focus sessions. In addition, Aladekomo informed the media that during the conference the President’s nite would recognize forefathers, past presidents and people who have excelled in their endeavours and served NCS faithfully.
NCS is committed to shaping the future of IT, supporting people who make IT work and employing IT to drive positive change in society. NCS has called on all to make the conference a highly relevant, creative and inspiring event. Jidaw supports this call – It’s about fulfilling the promise of Information Technology.