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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

NCS contributions immense – President

Remmy Nweke

Contributions of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), says its President, Dr. Chris Nwannenna, has been immense, mostly on the issues of computer awareness and literacy in the country.
He made this declaration at the third software developers summit (SDS) in Lagos.

As said by him, NCS contributions encompassed in the areas of software development and computer languages, networking, the Internet, electronic business, electronic learning, security and education to mention a few.

These issues, he said, were adequately raised at various conferences and workshops that were held at various parts of the country.

“Our annual conferences and workshops are also used as forums for discussing issues that advance the Information Technology (IT) profession in the country,” he said.

Emphasising that since metamorphosing into NCS from hitherto Computer Association of Nigeria (COAN) in June 2002, IT industry has felt the impact of the group much more than ever, as the umbrella body to about four interest groups.

NCS, he noted, shelters the likes of Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Software Developers’ Group (SDG), Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN).

He explained that each of the aforementioned sub-groups has independent structure and interest.

Dr. Nwannenna who also is the chief executive Condata Systems, equally cited the impact of the group in launching a successful Y2K campaign in 1999, sensitizing Nigerians on the dangers involved in not remediating their computer hardware and software systems.

“During that period, we offered free compliance testing services, provide a testing model that was copied by government agencies,” he said.

Recalling that NCS pioneered contributions to the nation’s IT policy document which led to the setting up of the National IT Development Agency (NITDA) among others, he said, the annual software developers summit is organized in collaboration with ISPON and sponsored by Microsoft Nigeria.

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