Enugu state is eager to host the largest annual gathering of IT professional and stakeholders in Nigeria, organized by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS). The NCS 2014 conference (#NCSEnugu2014) holds in Enugu from July 23 to 25, 2014 and visits to major stakeholder organizations in Enugu state indicate the host state is fully on board.
Determined to ensure the success of #NCSEnugu2014, stakeholder visits led by NCS President, Professor David O. Adewumi involved National Executive Council members and Local Organizing committee members. The NCS delegation included: Moses Braimah, NCS Chairman, Conferences committee; Jide Awe, NCS Chairman, Publicity and Events committee and Dadson Nwakalo, Chairman NCS Enugu 2014 Local Organizing Committee.
Enugu State Stakeholders set the pace
At the stakeholder organizations, NCS explained the rationale for the conference which is organized around the theme: “Building a Knowledge-Based Economy in Nigeria: The Role of IT”. NCS further used the meetings to call for conference participation, support, buy-in and innovative collaboration. Stakeholders responded positively and set the pace with their suggestions, novel ideas and strong commitment to the conference’s success.
At the University of Nigeria, Nuskka (UNN), the NCS team was warmly received by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba and other principal officers of the university – Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, Professor Polycarp Chigbu, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Professor Edwin Igbokwe, Registrar, Mr. Anthony Okonta, Bursar, Mrs Chineze Obi and Librarian, Dr Mrs Chinwe Ezeani. The VC, UNN, who is a special guest at the conference, welcomed the conference, stating that developing a knowledge based economy was long overdue. He expressed commitment to IT enabled development promising that functional e-governance would be implemented in UNN during his tenure. Quite revealing in highlighting his passion for IT were his outstanding achievements in SAP and CCNA certifications.
The visits to NTA Enugu and FRCN Enugu proved to be exciting and stimulating. Deputy Director Engineering, FRCN, Enugu, Engr. Jonas N. Emechebe leading the FRCN management received the NCS team at FRCN, while at NTA, Enugu, the top management led by the Ag. Zonal Director, Enugu network centre, Mathew Otalike engaged with NCS. The media houses promised adequate coverage before and during the conference. Already the visits have received very good publicity from NTA Enugu and FRCN Enugu.
Other institutions visited were Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu State College of Education (Technical) (ESCET) and Godfrey Okoye University. The Rector of IMT and the Provost of ESCET and their management teams warmly received the NCS delegation and are committed to participating in the conference. The NCS team had fruitful discussions with Director of Academic Planning, Godfrey Okoye University, Rev. Sister. Dr. Mary Gloria Njoku who indicated that some lecturers and students of the institution would attend the conference.
Taking Technology Forward
The conference puts Enugu state and Nigeria on the map – participants are expected from all over the country and from all over the world. NCS’s engagement with the hosts – Enugu state – through stakeholder visits lays a solid foundation for an outstanding conference experience. NCS organizes the conference to drive practical tech enabled development. The transformative impact of technology on people’s lives reinforces the need for inclusion, local participation and ownership. Stakeholders in Enugu state are rising to the challenge and are determined to raise the bar. An unforgettable conference – networking, local solutions, identifying trends, fostering innovation – is about pressing forward to actualize Nigeria’s technology hopes and dreams.
Chairman, Publicity, Events and Trade Services Committee
Nigeria Computer Society