The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) building project has taken off. Initiated and supervised by Professor Sola Aderounmu, NCS President and the National Executive Council (NEC), the historic initiative is aimed at promoting and fostering tech innovation in Nigeria.
The legacy of constructing a befitting building has been in NCS plans for quite some time. For Aderounmu, this is the time to advance the vision to build and best serve the interests of NCS members and the tech community.
The first and major step has been taken thanks to some committed corporate members of NCS. The society appreciates these incredible supporters of the NCS mission for:
• Giving generously toward this project
• Keeping the vision alive! God bless these Giants!
• Standing tall in contributing significantly towards putting Nigeria firmly in the global IT map
NCS is the premier advocate of leveraging Information Technology (IT) to facilitate sustainable development and overall prosperity. By providing a high profile presence, the structure plays a major role in the advocacy push. Visibility is critical to advocacy, to getting attention. The project will further widen the scope of innovation promotion and development opportunities available to NCS and stakeholders in tech and related communities. Having such a building has always been as strategic priority for NCS. The unique way it can be used to move the interests of IT professionals and stakeholders in Nigeria forward is the attraction.
The project’s exciting practical and purposeful outlook has galvanized the membership of the professional association – getting members united behind NCS goals of visibility and advocacy. With plans for five floors, the start on the new beginning has laid the building’s foundation. Next steps will take construction to the next levels. More work needs to be done. Physical construction activates great vision that builds into the Future. Taking the lead in shaping public perceptions about IT and raising the profile of the tech community is worthy but no easy task.
According to the NCS President the project goal is to: “achieve enhanced networking, productive collaboration and partnership and expanded applications of ICT with a view to developing and retaining the next generation of academics and professionals in Nigeria”. The project as a whole goes hand in hand with fostering pride, confidence and respect for the industry and profession. NCS is therefore committed to putting this vision into action and has called for all-hands-on-deck from beginning to completion.
It will be limiting to view this simply as an NCS project. Perspectives should instead be about the worthy legacy being established for tech in Nigeria. Everyone in tech should be proud to be part of that legacy. Aderounmu has therefore called for other stakeholders to embrace, take ownership and commit to the project; just like the NCS corporate members who built the foundation with their initial push.
The iconic project is about more than a building; it is about significance, relevance and substance.