The Chief executive officer of Connect Technologies, Dr. Chris Uwaje has emerged the new president of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON).
He takes over from Mr. Simeon Chijioke Agu who also is the chairman, Neptune Software Limited.
ISPON represents the interests of the national software engineering and services developers’ community in Nigeria.
Revealing this at the weekend, Dr. Uwaje said they elected a new National Executive Council to run the affairs of the organisation for the next two years.
He also said that the election which took place at the just concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ISPON held at Neptune Software Limited, Apapa-Lagos, saw to his emergence as the president, while Mr. John Tani Obaro was named the first Vice-President and Pius Okigbo Jr. the second Vice-President, even as the post of the General Secretary went to Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, whereas, Afolabi Salisu becomes the Treasurer and Adeyinka Oyewumi came on board as the Assistant General Secretary.
According to him, the configuration of the new ISPON executive indicated the latest roadmap for actualizing national goals of “Software Nigeria” may have finally arrived.
Particularly, he noted, that the change is coming at a time when the Federal government has inaugurated a Governing Board for the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
“All members of the team are tested, accredited performers and national champions of the IT Industry. Indeed, the new ISPON President has declared that Information Technology Software is the missing-link and solution to the actualization of Nigeria’s Vision 20-2020 and realization of President Ya Adua’s Seven-point Agenda,” he said.
Existing studies, he pointed out, indicated that the Nigerian software industry is a solid gold-mine in-waiting to be tapped.
“It is estimated at the capability to generate well over USD20billion annually if well harnessed. Above all, it is perhaps the answer to the nation’s youth unemployment, as the software industry is capable of generating employment for millions of youths; now and in the future,” Uwaje enthused.
ITRealms Online recalls that the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) was established in 1998 to promote and foster the development of Indigenous Software (Application and Systems Software) for the empowerment of Nigerian economy and her people.
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