Thursday, August 18, 2005

Digital Congress gets October date

FOLLOWING the success recorded with the annual Financial Internet Technology Exhibition and Conference (FINTEX-05), the organizers, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) is to host a one-day Digital Congress for the youth in Lagos.

The event, according to the NIG President, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, is being scheduled for October, basically for youth of the nation to further enlighten them on the need to bridge the digital divide.

He also informed that the congress would be co-hosted in collaboration with other non-governmental organizations in the country, along with the support of good spirited individuals and corporate organizations.

The congress, which is mainly focusing on youth, he said, would be a free entry one-day show, and has been slated for October this year, even as more details would soon be made available.

Champion Infotel gathered that the congress may be hold on October 1, to commemorate the nation’s 45th independent day.

Meanwhile, the first-ever FINTEX-05, has been described as a successful event.

Dr. Ekuwem, who also is the Executive Vice Chairman of Teledom Group, while evaluating the event, said the two-day event recorded great success by way of the participation and caliber of personalities that graced the expo.

In relation to this, FINTEX-05 attracted two Ministers, Prof. Turner Isoun of Science and Technology and Chief Cornelius Adebayo of Communications, despite their being represented by high profile directors from the ministries as well as the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Prof. Cleopas Officer Angaye.

He said, this was no mean achievement for any event, which made its debut last week.

Also, he said the kind of experts in terms of professional bodies within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) community is definitely not a small either.

Further, he said that an event that attracted President of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Dr. Chris Nwannenna, who was ably represented by his first vice president, Chief Olaide Ayodele, maintaining it could not be said to be unsuccessful.

Additionally, he noted the event was presided over by the Director, Pan African University/Lagos Business School, Prof. Pat Utomi and assisted by the Akwa-Ibom State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Linus Asuquo, was a remarkable one.

FINTEX-05, which has the theme ‘Mainstreaming IT in Banking and Finance’ also had the chief executive of Oceanic Bank Plc, delivering the lead paper on the “ICT Platform for Effective Bank Mergers” among others.

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