NITDA Confirms More Speakers for eNigeria 2015
As preparations for the 2015 eNigeria conference continue to gather momentum, the Local Organising Committee of the event which is a flagship programme of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is leaving no stone unturned towards ensuring the success of the event.
Speaking in Abuja with the press, NITDA’s Director of Corporate Strategy and Research, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, said: “given the high profile of speakers eNigeria has attracted over the years, the 2015 event cannot afford to have anything less, hence the committee was doing its most to have very resourceful speakers”.
He added that with Prof. Pat Utomi, delivering the keynote in 2013 and Engr. Jelani Aliyu doing same in 2014, NITDA would ensure it confirms a speaker that will further help advance the impact of Information Communication Technology in national development. Olatunji who is the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee said 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”.
Revealing a list of some of the speakers already confirmed, NITDA stated that Dr Umar Bindir, the Secretary to the Adamawa State Government and immediate past Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP. Others are Dr Kabiru Mato who will speak on the Effects and Benefits of e-electoral Process for Developing Countries, while Prof. Junaid Saladu will speak on Data Security and the Internet of things in e-Electoral Process.
In order to ensure a very robust conversation at the conference and to contribute to the success of Nigeria’s emerging eElectoral process by way of enriching the system, NITDA said it has also outlined thought leaders in the elections ecosystem some of whom include; Senator Ben Murray Bruce who is billed to speak on Comparative Analysis of Nigeria 2015, e-Election with Existing Global Best High-Tech Electronic Process in Developed Economy, Prof. Zakari Mohammed is expected to speak on Global Best Cyber-Security for e-Election System: A Predictive Model for Developing Countries among many others already confirmed.
Dr Olatunji said the successful adoption of voter’s card and the card reader for the last general elections in Nigeria is instrumental to 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.
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.
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 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 attract 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 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.
By Victoria Otono