Distinguished member of National Executive council
Respected Gentlemen of the Press.
I welcome everyone to this press conference and thank you for your presence here this morning. Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the biggest and premier professional association in Nigeria’s tech sector appreciates your presence. Long may our friendship and partnership flourish.
NCS 12th International Conference
This press briefing is called primarily to inform the media and public about the upcoming NCS conference. This most important and influential event for the IT Industry and Profession is organized yearly by NCS, the umbrella body of all IT professionals and organizations in Nigeria. Adopting various approaches, the gathering of IT academia, industry and thought leaders addresses challenges and highlights opportunities related to building a globally competitive and prosperous Nigeria that is significantly information technology-based and knowledge-driven.
On behalf of NCS, I am pleased to inform you that the 12th International Conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) will hold from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th of July, 2015, at Jojein Hotels & Resort, Airport Road, Akure – Ondo State, Nigeria, with the Conference theme “Information Technology for Inclusive Development”.
High profile dignitaries are expected to grace the event from government, private and educational sectors, as well as from the international and global IT environment. Already NCS has assembled an impressive line-up of leading researchers, entrepreneurs, educators, industry experts, thought leaders, international scholars and subject matter experts as speakers and resource persons to share their extensive knowledge and experience.
The conference will focus on important issues related to the theme such as Smart city & Broadband penetration, Innovation and Leadership in IT, Cashless Society & e-Payment systems, Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP), Cloud computing & Big data, Social Networks, Next Generation Networking and the Internet, IT Human Capital Development (Mentorship), e-Health/e-Education/e-Agriculture/e-Tourism/e-Government, Entrepreneurship development in the IT sector, Software Technologies/Local Content Issues, Mobility for Inclusion, Funding Nigerian IT Industry and Marketing and Selling Made-in-Nigeria Software.
Fostering Innovation, Inclusion and Networking
The conference comprises plenary, parallel and technical sessions, networking meetings, panel discussions and special focus forums. The conference will provide opportunities for Policy Makers, Public and Private Sector, Information Technology Practitioners and the Academia to keep up-to-date with technology trends and to discover opportunities for the public and private sectors in the process of inclusive development and identify avenues for public-private partnerships towards realizing IT objectives within the context of Millennium Development Goals (MDG). A major highlight will be NITDA/State’s ICT Policy session.
Attendees stand out with self development, networking, partnership, recognition and advocacy opportunities. Nothing beats the one-to-one interaction and networking experiences at NCS conferences. The Conference will provide opportunities for delegates to exchange new ideas, gain new insights, build relationships with stakeholders, share best practices, establish standards, develop business or research relations, and find global partners for future collaborations. Unique avenues will be offered to connect with academics, professionals, innovators, service providers, researchers, suppliers, consultants and entrepreneurs in the sector.
Elections into NEC Offices:
Expectedly, the Nigeria Computer Society will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the 2015 International Conference. During this period, NCS shall be holding elections into various posts on National Executive Council of NCS. 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 dear country Nigeria.
As the member driven professional body that serves the entire IT community under one umbrella, NCS is continually listening to the needs of members and doing its best to help meet those needs. The conference, AGM and elections enable members to influence where NCS, the interest groups and the IT Industry and Profession as a whole directs their energies and efforts.
Advancing the IT Industry and Profession
NCS organizes the conference annually as the powerful voice advocating for government intervention, legislation, environmental and societal change that affects the IT sector and IT enabled activities. In setting the Digital Agenda for the nation, actionable initiatives will be developed during the conference to advance the IT profession and industry and build an inclusive Digital Nigeria.
NCS therefore reemphasizes the conference theme and calls for Inclusive Development through Information Technology. In this light, NCS advocates the following:
- The government should comply with the CPN Act (4a) in the appointment of IT experts into various boards and parastatals.
- All boards of MDAs, especially those that depend on IT to perform and fulfil their mandate, must have at least one IT expert as a member for rapid economic development of the nation
- In addition to the Cybercrime Act, legislation should be enacted to foster the development of IT and IT enabled activities and the growth of the IT Industry and Profession
- The usage of IT in Governance and Security needs to be improved through more widespread adoption of IT professionalism in the private and public sectors. NCS and its members can play a major role in improving the state of security nationwide, combating terrorism, enhancing public service delivery and accountability and boosting job creation
- There should be preferential usage of Nigerian professionals in major and strategic national IT projects and initiatives instead of always importing people, products and solutions and creating jobs in other countries.
NCS uses this opportunity to once again reiterate its commitment to advancing the interests of its esteemed members, the IT Industry and Profession and the Nation as a whole. For us at NCS, the promise of NCS Akure 2015 is the relevance, substance and inspiration it will use to boost IT development and the IT sector, as well as the answers it will provide to the nation’s daunting developmental challenges. The nation should expect rich and unforgettable digital experiences in the Sunshine state.
Thanks and God Bless you all.
Prof David O. Adewumi FNCS
President, Nigeria Computer Society