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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

NCS plans Software summit-07

The umbrella body of the nation’s Information Technology (IT) professionals, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has concluded plans to host a one-day workshop on software development.

Disclosing this to newsmen at the NCS secretariat, Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos, NCS President, Prof. Charles Uwadia, said that the event slated to hold on Thursday, November 8, is the forth Software Developers’ Summit being organised by the society.

He also said that the event with the theme “Indigenous Software development: Innovation for Growth” would take place at the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Centre, Onikan-Lagos and is being organised in collaboration with the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) with sponsorship from Microsoft Nigeria.

Prof. Uwadia accompanied by the immediate past president of NCS, Dr. Chris Nwannenna, chairmen of Publicity and Corporate Affairs, Standards, Research and Development, Publications; Messrs Tajudeed Ejalonibu, Abimbola Olayinka and Dr. Adeola Adesorimu, respectively, as well as the acting Executive Secretary of NCS, Mr. Ejide Oladunmoye, said that NCS believes that IT has the greatest potential for creating jobs, creating wealth, eradicating poverty and making Nigeria globally competitive.

He pointed out that certain level of necessary skills required for software design and development exist locally, it is also projected that the software market growth would definitely impact the hardware sub-sector.

He said that in furtherance of these objectives, NCS is collaborating with organisations and stakeholders in the industry on matters of mutual interest and benefits to the bodies and the Nigerian society generally.

“Its in the light of this that NCS and Microsoft have been working together in stimulating awareness about the endless possibilities which software development offers as well as encouraging and supporting software developers through the exchange of ideas and knowledge about trends, techniques, practice and technologies of the art and science of software development,” he declared.

Prof. Uwadia recalled that NCS brought the issue of software development and its application from local environment to the national limelight in 1997 by organising the first Made in Nigeria Software Exhibition (MINSE).

According to him, the immediate past vice chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Ope, would preside at the forum while speakers from have been selected among the stakeholders including Microsoft while the Lagos State commissioner for science and technology, Dr. Hamzat Obafemi, would be the guest of honour.

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