NIGERIA COMPUTER SOCIETY PRESS CONFERENCE – July 11, 2013 by The President, Sir Demola Aladekomo
on the NCS 11th International Conference holding in Iloko Ijesa, State of Osun, Nigeria
Distinguished members of National Executive Council,
Respected Gentlemen of the press
I welcome you all to this press conference. I am most honoured by your presence here this morning. Your interest and commitment to our great professional association – Nigeria Computer Society – is always appreciated. NCS is privileged to have you as partners in progress.
NCS 11th International Conference
NCS calls this conference to inform the media about developments regarding its most important annual event – the Annual NCS Conference – indisputably the premier and most influential yearly event for IT Industry and Profession in Nigeria. It is to be expected – NCS is the umbrella body of all IT professionals and organizations in Nigeria, with more than 17,000 members and major interest groups (ISPON, ITAN, ISPAN and NiWIIT).
NCS had announced in previous press releases and engagements, that the 11th International Conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) would be holding from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th of July, 2013. Taking place in Royal Park Hotel Iloko, Ijesa Osun State, Nigeria, Conference theme is “e-Government and National Security”.
I am pleased to inform you that high profile dignitaries expected to grace the event include: Arch Namadi Sambo, Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria who is Special Guest of Honour, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology who is the Keynote Speaker and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor, State of Osun is our Chief Host.
As you all know NCS is set to advance the cause of governance and security through technology at this conference. Participants can expect fresh ideas, experience, expertise, partnerships, debate, enthusiasm, direction and influence – the hallmark of NCS conferences. NCS has assembled an impressive list of speakers that will speak straight to the national and international audiences on the critical issues that need to be addressed.
Confirmed Guest Speakers
• Ajamu Wesley – CTO & Vice President SWG, Africa & Middle East, IBM Software Group Will speak on: “Promoting Smart Government & Social Security through Information”. Mr. Wesley delivers focus, strategic excellence, and senior-level leadership expertise acquired throughout a distinguished career in technology. He is an award-winning, decision making, detail-oriented powerhouse – with an uncompromising dedication to success. Known as an out-of-the-box thinker with a passion for analyzing technological needs, evaluating requirements, and generating multi-million dollar revenues, he is resourceful and high-achieving. In his position as CTO & VP of Software –- Africa & Middle East for IBM Software Group, Mr. Wesley delivers technical vision and strategy, effectively leading stakeholder relations, business units, team development, and project management.
• Mr. Bankole Olubamise – CEO, Development Information Network (DevNet) will speak on: “e-Government for Leadership and Policy Makers – Imperatives for Nation Building”.
Mr. Olubamise, ICT policy development consultant has contributed enormously to policy making in the ICT Sector of Nigeria. He is author of 7 Books and numerous contributions to Publications on ICT, Human Rights, Foreign Investment, Environment and Trade Policy, Democracy and Development. His experience in ICT policy formulation and engagement has been national and international; he led Nigeria’s Civil Society Delegation to the 2005 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). He is a National Resource person on ICT for Human Resource Development. He is member of the National ICT4D Strategy Development and Implementation Committee (2006-2011). He is also a member of the National Software Policy Development Committee 2010. He is presently Lead Consultant for 2012-2013 ICT Policy in States of Nigeria (Osun and Niger State).
• Dr. Adedayo Adetoye – Research Fellow, Cyber Security Centre, University of Oxford, UK will present on: “Resolving and Managing Regional and Global Conflicts: The Role of Information Technology”.
Dr. Adedayo Adetoye has a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he specialised in Secure Information Flow. He has a First Class Honours degree in Computer Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; and a Masters of Science degree, with distinction, in Data Communications, Networks, and Distributed Systems at the University College London. Dr. Adetoye has won several prestigious academic awards and scholarships. His research interest is in formal aspects of end-to-end systems security, with emphasis on the development of a scientific foundation for Cyber Security and Risks.
• Ayanda A. Dlamini – Business Development Manager, LGR Telecommunication (Pty) Ltd will present on: “African mobility outlook in the context of e-Governance”
Ayanda Dlamini is the Business Development Manager at LGR Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd. He joined the company in 2012 and is responsible for growing and maintaining business development among LGR clients. Prior to this, Ayanda worked for numerous top South African companies including MTN, Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation and PBT Group.
o He is skilled in relational database systems, systems integration, business intelligence, data warehousing, billing and enterprise resource planning. Ayanda has worked within various projects in countries such as South Africa, Swaziland, Cameroon, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.
• Patience Akpan-Obong, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Government, Arizona State University, USA will speak on “Social Impact on Information Technology”
Dr. Patience Akpan-Obong is an associate professor of Science, Technology and Society at Arizona State University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University, also in Canada. She researches the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in socioeconomic development. Her extensive publications in this area of research include journal articles, book chapters and a book, Information and Communication Technologies in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges for Development, a compendium of the development of Nigeria’s information and communication sector.
She currently writes “Medals,” the widely acclaimed column in Saturday Punch, a nationally circulated Lagos-based newspaper.
• Femi Williams – Deputy MD, Chams Plc will speak on: “E-government Automation Processes: Challenges and Benefits”.
Femi Williams has delivered work of consistently high quality in computer engineering and the delivery of innovative products and projects since joining Chams Nigeria Limited in 1990 as a Computer Engineer. He is an accomplished project leader and mentor to young, aspiring professionals.
• Zachariah Tanko – Assistant Professor, Computer Networking and Information Security, Champlain College, Burlington, VT. USA will speak on “Digital Evidences and its Role in Crime Detection”.
Elections into NEC Offices:
The 2013 AGM/Conference will also witness of a major transition as elections will be held into various posts on the National Executive Council of NCS. NCS members are expected to fully participate in these elections as voters and contestants. Registered members of NCS will vote for a few good men and women who can get into the ring and use the platform of NCS to make a difference for our country Nigeria.
Elective Positions are:
2. Deputy President
3. Chairman, Conferences Committee
4. Chairman, Publications, Standards, Research and Development Committee
5. Chairman, Credentials Committee
6. Chairman, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee
7. Chairman, Education and Manpower Development Committee
8. Chairman, Publicity, Events and Trades Services Committee
9. Chairman Audit Committee
10. Ex-Officio Members & Representatives to CPN Council (6 Geo-Political zones)
Changing Governance and Security
Security and Good governance are developmental issues that are ever more central to the survival and progress of the nation. Few societal challenges today deserve more attention. New approaches are however required. NCS has always been at the forefront of new innovative engagements and the adoption of cutting edge solutions.
The ICT sector now serves as the biggest engine of growth in all spheres of life, and NCS is committed to facilitating the deployment of Digital and Internet based technologies to not only to drive improvements but to change how government works and how national security is defined, organized and delivered.
The conference comprises plenary, parallel and technical sessions, networking meetings, panel discussions and special focus forums. Interactive engagement will be used to facilitate learning and networking – critical is the promotion of innovation and global best practices in addressing the national priorities of smart governance and security. Issues receive attention include governance automation, improving public service delivery, closing skills gaps, Public-key Infrastructure (PKI), ICT sector capacity, identity management, digital culture for governance, privacy, research approaches, legislation, policy making, youth innovation, etc.
The event aims to highlight existing initiatives, challenges, solutions, new opportunities and critical success factors. With the most significant footprints in the academic, social and governmental communities, NCS builds thought leadership through emphasis on relevance and significance in using IT to enable inclusive and sustainable development. For 2013, Governance and National Security is the focus.
NCS is committed to advancing the interests of its esteemed members, the IT Industry and Profession and the Nation as a whole. NCS calls on all to make the conference a highly relevant, inspiring and unforgettable event. NCS Osun 2013 beckons.
Thanks and God Bless you.