NIGERIA COMPUTER SOCIETY PRESS CONFERENCE – February 10, 2014 by The President, Professor David O. Adewumi
on Strategic Stakeholder Engagement, NCS National Conference, Information Technology Research and Development Workshop, National Dialogue and High Profile Advocacy and Future NCS Events.
Distinguished members of National Executive council
Respected Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press
I welcome you all to this press conference and thank you for accepting to be here this morning. I must commend you for your partnership with this professional association and authority in the field of Information Technology – the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS). Your commitment and support is appreciated. I urge you to keep it up. There is still a great deal we must do together to move this nation forward. I meet with you today to intimate you about NCS plans for the year.
Strategic Stakeholder Engagement
Under my leadership the NCS is committed to continued constructive engagement and the building of strategic partnerships with our members and important stakeholders. NCS has a proven track record of excellent delivery; and is credible, accountable, and results-driven – the support of committed members and partners has made this possible. I therefore use this opportunity to announce the recent donation of a new Hyundai Elantra Saloon car to NCS by Computer Warehouse Group PLC. The entire membership of NCS thanks and commend CWG Plc for this exemplary contribution to the cause of IT development in Nigeria. 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 CWG.
NCS National Conference
The flagship NCS event – the Annual Conference – indisputably the premier and most influential yearly event for IT Industry and Profession in Nigeria comes up again this year. Annually, the conference addresses critical national and global IT issues and concerns, attracting practitioners, decision makers, policy makers and professionals from Nigeria and all over the World. The Conference is the largest annual assembly of high-level IT stakeholders from business, industry, education, government and social communities in Nigeria. It is the key networking and professional event for advancing Information Technology for development and promoting the interests of IT stakeholders in the country. The theme of this year’s conference is – Building a Knowledge-Based Economy in Nigeria: The Role of IT. This year venue is Enugu State, From July 23rd to 25th, 2014. Modern economies are increasingly based on knowledge and information as the drivers of productivity and growth – the “knowledge-based economy”.
The Conference will bring together scholars, business persons, IT practitioners, government policymakers, and the general public. NCS conferences always set standards and provide direction for IT development in Nigeria. In recent years it provided answers and solutions in Cashless, e-government and National Security.
Information Technology Research and Development Workshop
As part of NCS Corporate responsibility, we embark on purposeful and rigorous IT research efforts towards nation building. The workshop offers practical, innovative, useful strategies for people wanting to improve their personal and professional lives through effective research methods. Developed for stakeholders in Academics, Industry and Government, the R&D workshop will also build collaborative, purposeful and rigorous research efforts and capacities in Information Technology towards national development. It will be held from March 4th – 6th, 2014 at theInformation Technology & Communication Unit (INTECU), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
National Dialogue and High Profile Advocacy
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. There is a glaring 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.
It is against the background of the very critical role that Information Technology must play in achieving rapid national transformation that it is most imperative and pertinent that the Information Profession and Industry is represented in the upcoming National conference. Nigerian Information Technology Professionals, through its national umbrella body, Nigeria Computer Society, are very uncomfortable with their lack of representation in the composition of the National Conference. How can we be part of a 21st century that is building a digital economy without inputs from the Information Technology industry and profession?
With the highest professional regards from the Nigeria Computer Society, we therefore request for the urgent recomposition of the conference delegates to include adequate representation from the Nigeria Computer Society. This request is made in the interest of adding value and quality to the process. It is a necessity not a luxury for the desired IT-enabled national transformation.
Other Coming Events
For us at NCS, 2014 is a year of Innovative Vision and Opportunities. Under my leadership NCS will therefore work with stakeholders to support and actualize innovation efforts, build capacities and help realize our country’s huge potential through Information Technology.
Some projects we are embarking on this year towards the development of our nation and industry include:
• NCS National Secretariat Building: Plans are on for the building of a befitting National Secretariat. The planed building is five floors.
• NCS Scholarship and Sponsorship Fund for undergraduates, postgraduates and research fellows
• Information Technology Jobs and Career Fair
• NCS industrial IT Park
• National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA)
As I stated before, Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, you are our partners in progress. Together we make change happen. The fight is not a fight for NCS alone; it is a battle for all. Let us jointly advance the industry and the profession to a greater height for the benefit of all, for the benefit of the nation.
I wish you all great achievements and progress in 2014 and beyond. Thank you and God bless you all.
Prof David O. Adewumi FNCS
President, Nigeria Computer Society