Published On: Mon, Jul 6th, 2015

Nigeria Computer Society urges Buhari to appoint ICT experts in ministries/parastatals

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The Nigeria Computer Society has called on President Muhammed Buhari to pursue inclusive development through information communication technology by appointing experts in ministries, departments and parastatals.

Speaking at the NCS 12th International Conference   in Akure, Ondo State, Professor David Adewumi, said the federal government need to comply with the computer professionals  in  appointing  ICT experts

into various boards and parastatals; while all boards of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, especially those that depend on ICT to perform and fulfill their mandates, must have at least one ICT expert s a member.

According to him, setting such ICT agenda for the present government is expedient, particularly for rapid economic development of the nation.

He explained that   previous administrations paid little attention to this by not including   IT  experts in project designs, and executions and to a large extend did not achieved the desire result.

He said NCS believes, in addition to the Cybercrime Act, legislation should be enacted to foster the development of ICT and IT enabled activities and growth of the IT industry and profession.

The NCS President said, “The usage of IT in Governance and Security needs to be improved through more widespread adoption of IT professionalism in the private and public sectors. NCS and its members can play a major role in improving the state of security nationwide, combating terrorism, enhancing public service delivery and accountability and boosting job creation.

Coming under the theme, “Information Technology for Inclusive Development”, Prof. Adewumi who doubles as the Dean, School of Science and Technology at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), added that the Conference is intended to provide a forum for Policy Makers, Public and Private Sector, Information Technology Practitioners and the Academia to keep up-to-date with technology trends in Nigeria and world at large.

The Conference, according him, “will provide opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas, establish business or research relations, and find global partners for future collaborations.

It will also focus on sub-themes such as smart city & broadband  penetration; innovation and Leadership in IT; cashless society & e-payment systems; critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP); cloud computing & Big data; social networks and next generation networking and the internet.

Other areas for discuss include, IT human capital development (Mentorship); e-Health/e-Education/e-Agriculture/e-Tourism/e-Government; entrepreneurship development in the IT sector; software

technologies/local content issues; mobility for Inclusion; funding Nigerian IT industry and marketing and selling Made-in-Nigeria software.

“As the member-driven professional body that serves the entire IT community under one umbrella, NCS is continually listening to the needs of members and doing its best to help meet those needs.

The conference, AGM and elections enable members to influnce where NCS, the internet groups and IT industry and profession as a whole directs their energies and efforts,” the NCS President said.

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