NITDA inaugurates e-Nigeria confab organising committee

The National Information Technology Development Agency has said the successful adoption of the voter's card and card readers for the last general elections in the country will form part of the focus of the e-Nigeria 2015 conference.

The Director of Corporate Strategy and Research, NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, said this while announcing the plan for this year's conference during the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee of the conference.

Olatunji, who is also the Chairman of the LOC, said the NITDA would draw from its recent experience of participating in other global IT events such as the GITEX, ITU and CeBIT, among others, to stage a good exhibition.

He said, "The e-Nigeria as always will seek to assess the impact of Information and Communication Technology in national development, hence this year's event will strategically set the tone of conversations on the role of local content in the adoption of IT in Nigeria's electoral process.

"We have set up relevant committees, including exhibition and fundraising, to identify local IT solutions providers, tech start-ups and innovators, with about 50 exhibitors expected to showcase their initiatives."

Recounting the gains of previous e-Nigeria conferences with particular reference to last year's event, the Director, Finance and Management Control, NITDA, Mr. Salami Olalere, who represented the Director-General of the agency, Mr. Peter Jack, recalled some of the successes of the conference.

He charged members of the committee to give their best to make the programme a success.

Olalere said, "I sincerely urge you all to up the stakes in order to showcase the best of Nigeria IT innovations through vibrant partnerships to attract stakeholders' support, especially in the face of a new government in place."

He added that the conference was also intended to explore strategies for providing critical mass of employment through ideas, innovations and investment opportunities as well as creating policies targeted at improving the quality of indigenous ICT products and services for global competitiveness.

 

The membership of the LOC is drawn from various ICT bodies, including the Nigeria Computer Society, Computer Professionals of Nigeria, the media, other interest groups and representatives of relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

 

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