The Multistakeholder Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) 26th National Conference has been inaugurated in Abuja. Themed “Information Technology for National Safety and Development”, the NCS 26th National Conference of NCS (#NCSAbuja2016) will hold from July 19th to 21st, 2016 at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja.
The annual conference is one of the most important means by which NCS pursues its goal of facilitating the development of an inclusive, globally competitive and prosperous Nigeria through information technology.
Comprising of NCS Abuja chapter executives as well as representatives of private and public sector stakeholders, the LOC is expected to make effective local conference arrangements in Abuja, FCT to facilitate the hosting of a successful conference based on the values and vision of NCS.
In his goodwill message, the Acting Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji commended NCS for its consistency in addressing issues that are critical to the growth of the tech sector through the annual conference. In view of the nation’s current national and economic challenges, he called for a focus on solutions especially with respect to local content. He reaffirmed NITDA’s commitment to the conference and wished the LOC well.
The LOC was inaugurated by Mr. Jide Awe, Chairman of the NCS Conferences Committee, who informed the committee that the Public sector ICT showcase and the Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship platform are new features of the NCS conference. Other highlights are Plenary and Parallel Sessions, Technical Sessions, Seminars, Research Consortium, Induction of New Members, Exhibition and Products Launch, IT Competitions; Fellows’ Forum and Annual General Meeting.
Awe further conveyed the best wishes of Professor Sola Aderounmu, NCS President who urged all LOC members to view the LOC assignment as a call to service and to be at their best to ensure that the Conference is a complete success. The welcome remarks were delivered by Mr. Iyiola Ayoola, Acting Executive Secretary, NCS, while Mr. Rex Abitogun, NCS Abuja Chapter Chairman thanked all stakeholders for their presence and support of the NCS cause.
Members of the LOC who were present at the inauguration include representatives of Federal Ministry of Communications, Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Consulting Support Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), NITDA, Galaxy Backbone Limited, Nigerian Postal Services and National Identity Management Commission.
The NCS Conference is the largest Annual gathering of Nigeria’s leading IT professionals and stakeholders (employers, investors, businesses, agencies, vendors, organizations, innovators, researchers, educators, thought leaders) and consumers cutting across all sectors – ALL under one roof, at the same time! Examining pertinent considerations through a multistakeholder forum in achieving IT enabled Security to advance and achieve Sustainable Development is the focus of the NCS 26th National Conference.
Chairman, Conferences Committee
Nigeria Computer Society
15 April 2016