Nigeria Computer Society focused on promoting IT for Development, Cashless Society and Knowledge Economy in 2012
Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) the leading association of IT professionals, students, academics, stakeholders and interest groups in Nigeria will promote IT for inclusive, overall Development as well as the Cashless Society and Knowledge Economy in 2012 in line with its commitment to accelerate IT development in Nigeria.
Draft ICT Policy
The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) appreciates the effort of the Ministry of Communication Technology in producing the draft harmonized ICT policy.
NCS, the leading professional IT association in Nigeria is committed to providing direction and a roadmap for the employment of ICT to provide inclusive growth and overall prosperity in Nigeria. In this light a high level team at NCS has reviewed the draft policy and come up with suggestions and made recommendations to the Ministry.
Sustainable modern, competitive, prosperous and inclusive economies require coordination and consistency in ICT and related activities. While public power supply and other infrastructure are critical, we must invest in the future of Nigeria with IT capacity building and research and development. NCS is focused on ensuring ICT adds value in education, employment generation, business improvement, healthcare and public safety to boost economic growth, social inclusion and overall national development.
In particular security has become a major concern in the nation. Indeed without safety and peace, social and economic development is uncertain and unsustainable. NCS and its members are therefore working on initiatives to ensure that IT is effectively deployed to improve security. A holistic and strategic IT for Security approach that incorporates manpower development, infrastructure, management, funding and policies is recommended.
Cyber security Legislation
Furthermore, NCS advocates the passage of Cyber Security legislation to provide legal backing and confidence for an electronic and knowledge society. Having the right legal and regulatory framework will promote the multisectoral adoption of IT, encourage trust and confidence in IT enabled activities while attracting significant local and international investment in Nigeria’s IT industry. Legislation must be a priority in creating an enabling environment for the inclusive growth of cashless and mobile money markets.
NCS Annual Conference 2012
Because of the critical and strategic roles the IT community plays in ensuring digital infrastructure and expertise drives development and fosters overall prosperity, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is working with stakeholders and the public to raise awareness and chart the way forward as the country develops the cashless economy and society. Cashless is beyond infrastructure and POS machines. NCS is calling for papers and participation at Nigeria’s largest gathering of IT professionals, academics, managers and stakeholders, the annual NCS Conference 2012, holding in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state in July 2012. Conference theme is “Towards a Cashless Nigeria: Tools and Strategies”. The conference will hone in on critical Cashless issues of economic growth, security, capacity building, job creation, social implications, challenges, strategies and creative insights.
Nigeria Information Technology Exhibition (NITEX) 2012
NCS is also organizing the Nigeria Information Technology Exhibition (NITEX) 2012 to provide opportunities for solution providers, application developers, vendors and consumers to review latest technologies and tools, and share experiences and ideas for profitable living and experiences in the Cashless society. NITEX organized by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) is the premier event for software developers, software architects, solution providers, OEMs, IT vendors and consultants working in the various markets, sectors and technologies. It’s a gathering of stakeholders showcasing, learning about and discussing the latest technology and trends.
In line with NCS’s dedication to deploying IT to accelerate development, the society works towards the mainstreaming of IT into private and public sector activities, especially in ensuring transparency and accountability within governance and promoting IT for efficiency and value for money and investment. To provide direction and leadership for the IT community, NCS is continually exploring ways of improving the competitiveness of the nation as well as indepth development and diffusion of IT. To be competitive and relevant in today’s knowledge driven world, socio-economic development programmes and initiatives must leverage on IT. It’s about digital Inclusion and using IT as a tool for improving national growth and competitiveness of the nation through IT. ICT is so critical to the growth of the Nigerian economy and society and it must start delivering on its promise.
Nigeria Computer Society is committed to shaping the future of IT, promoting IT for the development of ALL and supporting people who make IT work.
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