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Thursday, April 03, 2008

ATCON set for local content summit – Morgan

ASSOCIATION of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has announced its preparedness to host this year’s Stakeholders’ Summit on Nigerian Content Development in the ICT Sector will now hold Friday, April 11, 2008.

Executive Secretary, ATCON, Mr. Godwin Morgan informed that the event reschedule recently from an earlier date due to unforeseen circumstances beyond human control would take place in the Diamond Hall of the Golden Gate Chinese Restaurants, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He also said that the Minister of State for Communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande; Minister of Science & Technology, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre; Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest C. Ndukwe; Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Prof. Cleopas O. Angaye; Chairman, VisaFone Limited, Mr. Jim Ovia; Chairman, Zinox Technologies Limited, Chief Leo Stan Ekeh; as well as Chief Executive Officer, Omatek Computers Group, Mrs. Florence Seriki.

Other industry experts billed to participate and contribute to discussions on the theme of the summit include Chief Chris Uwaje, CEO, Connect Technologies; Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, CEO, Telecom Answers Associates; Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman, Association of Licensed Telephone Operators of Nigerian (ALTON); Mr. Ogugua Chioke, Chairman, GSM Association of Nigeria; Mr. Sam Adeleke, President, Internet Services Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN) and Prof. Charles Uwadia, President, Nigeria Computer society (NCS). Others are Mr. Adebayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications; Mr. Simeon Agu, President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Dr. Jimson Olufuye, President, Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN); Mr. Lanre Ajayi, President, Nigerian Internet Group (NIG) and Mr. Ndukwe Kalu, Chairman, Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA).

He noted that it is on record that the Nigerian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector has continued to grow in leaps and bounds, however, adequate attention has not been given to the issue of developing and building local contents.

“Nobody can safely deny the fact that attempts are being made here and there by a few concerned professionals in the area of developing local content in the software aspect of ICT in Nigeria,” he said, adding that not much progress, could be said to have been made in the angle of local hardware components in ICT infrastructure.

Hence, ATCON strongly believes that for Nigeria to truly boast of technological advancements in the ICT sector, concerted efforts must be geared towards initiatives that would facilitate or enhance local content development both in the software and hardware aspects of ICT.

“It is in this light that ATCON is partnering with industry operators and stakeholders in hosting this summit to examine the prospects and challenges of developing Nigerian content for our ICT industry,” he said.

And to ensure effective involvement of public policy makers in this very important summit, ATCON has enlisted the active participation of such public institutions and private sector organisations as Ministry of Information & Communication; Ministry of Science & Technology; National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF); ICT professional Associations; ICT operating companies, Banks and non-bank financial institutions, local and foreign development agencies, ICT solutions providers, Small & Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), the mass media, high net worth individuals, amongst many others.

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