The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said the successful adoption of voters card and the card readers for the last general elections in Nigeria will form part of the focus of eNigeria 2015 conference. The three day conference scheduled for November 17-19 has as its theme: Towards an effective Electoral Process in Nigeria: the Role of Local Content.
Announcing the plan for this year’s conference during the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee of the conference, the agency’s Director of Corporate Strategy and Research, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, said: “eNigeria as always will seek to access the impact of Information 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 electoria process”.
While speaking with the media, Olatunji who is also the Chairman of the LOC revealed the choice of the keynote speaker for eNigeria 2015 as Prof. Attahiru Jega the man who midwife the elections as the then Chairman of the Independent national Electoral Commission. He further revealed that NITDA will draw from its recent experiences of participating at other global IT events such as GITEX, ITU, Cebit among others to stage a superb exhibition. “We have set up relevant committees including Exhibition and Fundraising to identify local IT solutions provider, Tech Startups and Innovators with about 50 exhibitors expected to showcase their initiatives”.
eNigeria which is the nation’s premier IT flagship event is a unique annual stakeholders conference aimed at showcasing and promoting Nigeria’s viable but largely under tapped IT sector potentials an objective of the conference which is in line with the mandate of NITDA towards promoting increased patronage of locally made ICT products (hardware and software)
While recounting the gains of previous eNigeria conferences with particular reference to last year’s event, Director Finance and Control, Salami Olalare who represented the Director General of NITDA Engr. Peter Jack recalled some of the success of previous editions of eNigeria conference while charging members of the committee to give their best to make the programme a success. “ I sincerely urge you all to up the stakes in other to showcase the best of Nigeria IT innovations through vibrant partnerships to attrack stakeholders support especially in the face of a new government administration in place” he added.
The conference is also intended to explore strategies for providing critical mass of employment through ideas, innovations and investment opportunities while as well creating policies targeted at improving the qualities 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 representations of other Ministries, Departments and Agencies including, Bank of Industry, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Nigeria Communications Commission, National Planning Commission, NigComSat, Office of Head of Service, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation among others all saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a successful conference befitting of its increasing international status.
The LOC is made up of six sub committees namely: The Secretariat, The Papers and Presentations, Protocol and Logistics, Media and Publicity, Exhibitions and Fundraising and the Startups and Innovations Committee.
The three day conference, which will feature some plenary sessions, exhibition, paper presentation and high level networking sessions is also expected to help drive initiatives that will require consistent follow up actions or deliberate steps to create marketing opportunities for technology start-ups and young innovators in order to address the challenges of unemployment and drive sustainable national economic growth.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour, while the Director General of NITDA, Mr Peter Jack will be the host as guests and other dignitaries are expected from within and outside the country.