Wednesday, September 12, 2007

NITTA-07 calls for entries

The organisers of the annual Nigerian Information Technology and Telecom Awards (NITTA) have called for submission of entries for the year 2007.

The awards which is in its sixth year, has proved itself as a means of sensitising the Nigerian and African markets, just as plans have been advanced for it to take place on November 16, this years.

The event scheduled to take place at the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Centre, Onikan Lagos, would also be an avenue to celebrate the nation’s six years of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM).

According to the organisers, the event is coming as the government through the activities of the regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission is shifting attention into the much neglected rural areas of the country and accelerated focus in broadband Internet connectivity as a way of reducing cost of doing business, generally.

Chairman, NITTA Board of Trustees, Dr. Tom Adaba, while announcing the date for this year’s event, disclosed that it would form a platform to celebrate the gains and successes of the past as well as the future prospects in the ICT industry.

As said by him, this year’s event would bring the various stakeholders in the industry and related sectors together in what promises to be an evening of sweet memories.

“Planning of this year’s awards which commenced late last year, has reached advanced stage,” he declared.

Dr. Adaba also said more than ever before the board is proud of developments in the nation’s ICT sector.

“Indeed, awareness is vital in telling the history of this revolution appropriately. NITTA 2007 therefore will build on the successes of the last one year and consolidate as well as applaud the actors and operators in the sector who have contributed immensely through their products and services including professional skills,” he said, stressing that by so doing, the board believed that they will be encouraged to do better and in the long run, Nigeria will be the better for it.

Dr. Adaba said that there was need to encourage ICT operators to work for the benefit of the populace as this would lead to increased competition, better quality of service delivery, innovation in products and services, enterprise and increased investment in the sector.

He emphasised that the country is entering a new phase in its ICT infrastructure development with more companies joining the race and network operators upgrading their capacity and recent mergers and acquisitions, among other innovations.

Dr. Adaba urged stakeholders to gear up to be evaluated through the awards programme since it would not only facilitate ICT growth in the country, but would also enhance competition, which is good for the sector and the country.

Champion Infotel recalls that IT & Telecom Digest instituted NITTA in 2002 and, ever since, the programme has yearly attracted the support and participation of the leading ICT organisations within and outside Nigeria, while the massive participation of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, NCC and the National Information Technology Development Agency, among other government agencies, has never been lacking.

Equally, various state governments including Lagos, Ogun and Akwa Ibom have shown a consistent presence at the event, just as this year promises to attract even more state chief executives.

Speaking on his company’s plan for NITTA 2007, Editor-in-Chief of IT & Telecom Digest magazine, Mr. Mkpe Abang said as a standard practice with NITTA, there would be competitive categories to be advertised for corporate bodies and individuals to make entries and/or nominations as the case may be and this will be announced in a broader perspective.

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