Nigeria Computer Society One Day Forum: Nigeria at 50 (The event now holds on Friday, December 10, 2010).
The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) held a one-day discussion forum to x-ray the impact of Information Technology so far on the development of Nigeria at 50. October 1, 2010 was the day Nigeria turned 50. Concerned Nigeria and wide variety of groups interested in Nigeria had been assessing Nigeria’s progress so far.
As expected the NCS forum looked at Nigeria’s development with respect to IT. How effective has IT deployment been in Nigeria these past 50 years? Digital producer, Digital consumer, Digital slavery?
The question of human capital and Nigerian educational system obviously needs to be addressed. What about policy makers and government? Is Nigeria doing it can to use IT to drive development? Is IT in Nigeria making any real impact in terms of affordable healthcare, poverty reduction, employment generation, entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and lifting up the traditionally disadvantaged? What are the challenges? It was hoped that the event would not simply end up being a talk shop. It proffered practical and positive strategies for action. Nigeria is 50. We at Jidaw wish the people and friends of Nigeria a happy anniversary and true independence. God bless the good people of Nigeria. God bless Nigeria. Nigeria is 50. But independence is about a generation fulfilling its mission.
Nigeria is 50. Why should this topic and the NCS forum interest you at this time? The reality of today’s world is that IT offers Nigeria freedom, independence – a way to leapfrog into the knowledge economy and the information society.
NCS will held a reception for colleagues that have put in so much for the advancement of Information Technology in Nigeria and been duly honored by the Federal Government’
The theme of the event is: Nigeria at 50 – The Impact of Information Technology
* Historical Perspective on IT development in Nigeria
* Prospect and Challenges
* Current developments
Invited Speakers were
- Professor Cleopas Angaye, Director General, Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)
- Mr. Ibrahim Tizhe President, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN)
- Mr. Tunde Ezichi (Former President Nigeria Computer Society)
- Dr. Chris Nwannenna (Former President Nigeria Computer Society)
Invited Discussants were
- Dr I. A. Odeyemi FNCS
- Dr G.M.M.Obi FNCS
- MR. Chris Uwaje FNCS
- Dr. Jimson Olufuye FNCS
- Sony Aragba- Akpore
Venue : Events Centre, Alausa,Ikeja, Lagos
Date : December 10, 2010
Time : 10 am prompt
Consumption should not be mistaken for empowerment. Too often voracious tech consumption hides under the cloak of IT for development. Nigerians however reject digital slavery.
Interested in contributing in this important area?
Do you want to share ideas with discussants, speakers and other participants on how IT should be deployed to empower Nigerians and facilitate growth in Nigeria? Connect with NCS.
The forum was an opportunity to engage with the NCS, the main umbrella organization of all Information Technology Professionals, Interest Groups and Stakeholders in Nigeria.
Complaints will not resolve the contradictions. INSTEAD OF HOPING FOR THE BEST WHY DON’T WE START ACTING FOR THE BEST?