Champion Infotel recalls that in the past 20 years of the body since its days as the Computer Association of Nigeria (COAN) to its present status as NCS since 2003, it has been a smooth transition.
Chief Anyim gave his commendation while presiding over the opening ceremony at the 21st national conference of NCS at the Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri, last Monday.
“I am told that the society is about 20 years old without any record of rancorous leadership transition,” he said.
The former Senate President also said that he was convinced that these 20 years would have been most eventful given the amount of progress NCS has made in recent times.
“May I therefore use this opportunity to commend and congratulate the present and past leadership of NCS, all members of the society, all stakeholders in the industry and more so the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and relevant State Governments for their respective roles in giving IT its right of place in Nigeria. Though, a lot more is obviously required to be done,” Chief Anyim asserted.
The conference which focused on “Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria: IT strategies and tools,” he noted, played up the strategies and tools of IT that are indispensable for the actualisation of MDGs.
He also subscribed to the assertion of the former scribe of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Mr. A.M. Mbou that Information Technology has opened up such tremendous vista for modern societies and “any failure to master it would mean a life of permanent subordination – for Information Technology is more than a form of power, it is a power system.”
He pointed out that the technology involves not just one form of technology among others but an ability to make use of other technologies to give or refuse access to a whole range of scientific data and knowledge and thus to design new models of development.
He equally charged NCS to live up to expectation presented by the conference and remain one of the most IT strategic approaches for achieving the MDG.
This is so because, he expects the conference to highlight new developments in the areas covered by its themes and how to deploy them in achieving MDGs in the country.He added that Nigerians would not loose sight of major IT tools in achieving MDGs such as in the establishment of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the subsequent establishment of Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA) to control the .ng domains in the country.
photo: r-l Chief Anyim with Zinox chairman, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh at NCS meeting in Owerri.