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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

NCS invests Uwadia as 10th president

Professor of Computer Science, Charles O. Uwadia was at the weekend invested as the 10th national president of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) in a ceremony held in Lagos.

NCS is the umbrella body of about six industry interest groups in the Information Technology (IT) industry, from students and professionals including the IT Association of Nigeria (ITAN), Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN), Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Software Developers Group (SDG) and National Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) among others.

Chairman of the occasion and Managing Director, Chams Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ademola Aladekomo, said he has known Prof. Uwadia over the years and is optimistic that he would deliver as president of NCS.

He also said that though NCS in recent years has made some giant strides, there is need to sustain the growth of these strides with the co-operation of all stakeholders including the government.

“We know you for your input so far in the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), we know you for your achievements,” he said, advising him to keep the vision of Information Technology and professionals burning in the country.

Even as he called on the government to pay due respect to indigenous IT professionals and companies because they have what it takes to compete globally.

Immediate past president, NCS and chief executive, Condata Systems Limited, Dr. Chris Nwannenna, described his successor as an amiable, trusted hand and reliable personality.

Expressing optimism on the capabilities of Prof. Uwadia to deliver, Dr. Nwannenna said he is able to take NCS to the next level, higher than what he had achieved during his four years in office.

While praying for his successor, Dr. Nwannenna equally implored him to ensure that positive legacies of the past leadership of the society is not destroyed.

“Do not lay asunder all that have been toiled for over the years, because NCS has grown stronger,” he said and welcomed back some returnees into the society including Mr. Aladekomo and Prof. Ayeni.

“I welcome you to investiture of Uwadia. He is a man am well pleased,” he asserted.Dr. Nwannenna later decorated Prof. Uwadia with the NCS seal of presidency.

Responding, Prof. Uwadia, said that NCS has come a long way right from its inception in 1978 and agreed giant strides have been made towards excellence and promotion of IT in the country.

NCS, he pointed out, has contributed immensely in the last three decades, just as he did not forgot the roles of its member groups such as ISPAN, SPON, ITAN and Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) to name a few.

Prof. Uwadia enjoined members to pay up their annual subscriptions to enable the secretariat have sufficient fund to carry out its mandates.

“Without fund, good ideas would not come to realty,” he declared.

Some NCS individual members who have supported the society extra-ordinarily, were recognised, and long service awards were given to staff.

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