NIGERIA COMPUTER SOCIETY PRESS CONFERENCE – October 31, 2013 by The President, Professor David O. Adewumi
on Meeting the Press, Strategic Stakeholder Engagement, National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA), Focus on Professionalism and High Profile Advocacy and NCS Future plans.
Distinguished member of National Executive council
Respected colleagues of the Press.
I welcome you all to this press conference and I thank you for accepting to be here this morning.
I whole heartedly thank you all for what you have done, what you are doing and what you are going to do for this society of ours – Nigeria Computer Society. I quite appreciate your commitment and support given to our great professional association. As you know the NCS is made up of all Information Technology professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria. And You, the media, are our indispensable partners in advancing IT development for overall prosperity in our great nation.
Since I came on board, it has always been my desire to meet you one on one like this because of the wonderful way in which you have been partnering with us. There is a lot of work to be done and NCS counts on working with you to end the marginalization of IT in Nigeria. Once again you are welcome.
Strategic Stakeholder Engagement
NCS, the national platform for the advancement of Information Technology sciences and practices in Nigeria, is committed to shaping the future of IT, supporting people who make IT work and employing IT to drive positive change in the society. To this end, on assuming office under my leadership the NCS has been engaging and building strategic partnerships with our members and important stakeholders such as the Ministry of Communication Technology, NITDA and Zinox technologies. We have met the Minister of Communication Technology, Acting DG, NITDA and MD, Zinox. Further engagements that are critical to advancing the industry and profession in Nigeria are being planned.
Indeed NCS uses this opportunity to announce the donation of a bus to NCS by Zinox technologies. I and the entire membership of NCS thank and commend Zinox for this exemplary contribution to the cause of IT development in Nigeria. Such generosity is both unprecedented and worthy of emulation. Stronger stakeholder partnerships with NCS will build an inclusive, globally competitive and prosperous Nigeria that will be the envy of other African nations. I therefore challenge other individuals and corporate bodies to emulate the exceptional contribution, support and philanthropic gesture of Zinox Technologies Ltd.
National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA)
We must learn to celebrate our own. We must learn to celebrate achievements and landmarks in our profession to inspire and propel growth in Information Technology. In this light, the most important and recognized award ceremony in the IT community, the National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) will be held on December 13, 2013 at The Haven, GRA Ikeja. Annually through NITMA, NCS recognizes and rewards excellence and tremendous contributions in the development and deployment of Information Technology in the country and the Diaspora. Category awards will be based on IT specialization, NCS standards and global best practices. Fellowships will also be conferred on deserving members.
By conferring awards of excellence NCS highlights the importance of recognizing and celebrating individuals and organizations that have contributed tremendously towards the development and deployment of Information Technology in Nigeria.
Focus on Professionalism and High Profile Advocacy
In celebrating excellence we are concerned about the marginalization of IT today in our country. IT is the driving force and contributor behind the digital economy. The profession and industry must therefore be appropriately rewarded, recognized and strengthened. Local content needs to be enforced practically and those working and providing services in IT in Nigeria should be encouraged and supported in providing the much needed innovative solutions for job creation, security, governance, health and our country’s many issues.
The nation is not fully harnessing the growth opportunity of the IT sector – industry, academia, profession, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. Appropriate recognition, policies and legislation still needs to be put in place. It is imperative that the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue fully faces this reality. The National Dialogue must grasp the need to incorporate and prioritize the role of the IT sector if Nigeria is to be a key player and fulfil its promise in the 21st century.
We cannot create jobs massively nor have a sound educational system with analogue mindset and actions. Without a strong IT profession and industry it will be impossible for Nigeria to drive change and unleash Nigeria’s growth promise.
During my tenure, NCS will renew focus on professionalism and high profile advocacy for long term shared prosperity that benefits members of the IT community and the nation.
Under my leadership NCS will therefore work with stakeholders to embark on the following programs and projects relating to research and development, IT enabled employment generation, promotion of Excellence and Professionalism in Industry and the Profession and the promotion and recommendation of Local Content to government and corporate bodies, etc.
- Information Technology Research and Development Workshop
- Information Technology Jobs and Career Fair
- NCS industrial IT Park
- NCS New Headquarters
- National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA)
IT Journalists Interest Group
At this juncture, it is my great pleasure to announce that NCS is also working towards the formation of the IT Journalists Interest Group because NCS appreciates the media as having interest and specialization that is of significance to the IT industry and profession.
As I stated before, my Dear Colleagues, you are indispensable. NCS cannot do it alone. I need your support, I need your commitment to the growth of the profession, I need your tenacious unflinching partnership. The fight is not a fight for NCS alone; it is a battle for all. Together we will advance the industry and the profession to a greater height for the benefit of all, for the benefit of the nation.
Thank you and God bless you all
Professor David O. Adewumi FNCS
President, Nigeria Computer Society