It’s time to once more reward and celebrate the brightest and the best in Nigeria’s Information Technology (IT) community. The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the nation’s foremost network of Information Technology (IT) practitioners and stakeholders will again be fostering excellence and innovation in Nigeria’s technology space. The National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA), the most important and recognized award ceremony in the sector, holds in Lagos, Nigeria on December 13, 2013.
The obstacles in the sector are diverse and challenging. The ongoing power infrastructure and security challenges, weak knowledge culture, inadequate local capacities and low broadband penetration are some of the issues that highlight the critical need for advocacy. However, in pushing forward for change, NCS is also committed to recognizing and celebrating those who have persevered and are breaking barriers and changing society despite all the odds. According to Professor David O. Adewumi, NCS President, “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”.
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 are based on IT specialization, NCS standards and global best practices. Professional fellowships are also be conferred on deserving members.
By conferring awards of excellence NCS highlights the importance of promoting excellence and innovation through the recognition and celebration of deserving individuals and organizations that have contributed tremendously towards the development and deployment of Information Technology in Nigeria. Encouraging such performance, additionally serves to inspire and motivate other practitioners and organizations. High profile NITMA awards are uncommon incentives and goals for members of Nigeria’s IT community to strive towards. The special recognition of exceptional performance encourages others to strive for similar success.
And it is not just about NCS or the identified achievers; long term sustainability of the sector serves the best interest of Nigeria. The emerging knowledge society demands innovative, world class and exceptional contributions as the nation becomes increasingly dependent on technology. NCS is unwavering in its commitment to facilitating the development of a globally competitive and prosperous Nigeria that is significantly technology driven. Indeed in order to promote and develop a culture that values performance and merit we must reward, praise, talk about and celebrate outstanding impact. It is in fact an event that celebrates Information Technology in Nigeria which is transforming the way we interact, learn and do business. There are challenges but are also champions of excellence and innovation creating the future. NITMA underscores the impact IT practitioners and providers have in helping the nation attain developmental goals.
A force of change in the knowledge society, NCS uses NITMA to reflect the value it places on hard work, dedication, merit and outstanding accomplishments. NITMA is about changing society, beaming a positive light on the IT sector and building a legacy that speaks to the unique values NCS promotes. The annual event attracts not just professionals, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs, but also policy makers and decision makers in the private and public sectors.
With a track record of success since 2009, NITMA is credible, forward looking and important in promoting long term sustainability of the IT sector and developing Nigeria’s knowledge society. It is a responsibility NCS does not take lightly.
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