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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Benin agog for ITAN’s path to digital Nigeria

Benin, the capital city of Edo State is now agog as members of Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) storm the vicinity this week for the National Information Technology Public-Private Forum (NITPPF) 2011 which focus would centre on ‘Effective e-Strategies: Path to a Digital Nigeria.’

ITAN president, Dr. Jimson Olufuye said that NITPPF which commences today, Wednesday in Benin, is the premier event for IT public sector administrators, professionals, business leaders, high level public officials and opinion leaders from all parts of the country.

He also said that the essence is to enable the assembly to share and build a vision of a connected knowledge base with access for all.

“This is one of ITAN’’s contributions to the realisation by Nigeria of the goals of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015,” he said.

Olufuye said that the signature event of ITAN is being organized in collaboration with the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), the Government of Edo State, National Office for Technology Assessment and Promotion (NOTAP), Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Computer Professionals’’ (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN), Galaxy Backbone Plc, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), First Bank Plc, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), and the World Bank among others.

He explained that the opening ceremony comes up tomorrow, Thursday, June 23, to be followed by panel discussions on eGoverment and Quality of Service, eLearning & Broadband Imperatives, and Internet for Development (I4D), what are the issues?

The three-day event, he said, ITAN would feature two days of quality awareness and improvement workshop for delegates from states IT directorate and CEOs ITAN member companies in good standing.

The objective of the NITPPF, he said, is to create a platform for synergy and collaboration among key Public and Private Sectors ICT administrators and leaders for accelerated application of ICTs for seamless Government to Citizen (G2C) and Citizen to Government (C2G) constitutional interactions; and for general economic growth and development within the states and across Nigeria as a whole.

The workshops, Olufuye said would be conducted by Messrs QAI Global, a global people process technology company specialising in building nations of ICT excellence viz organization capability; talent/ education; government; infrastructure; policy, among others.

Olufuye who is also the chairman WITSA Africa and member, United Nations Commission for Science and Technology Working Group on Improvement to the Internet Governance Forum, said “More than 70 per cent of the 36 states in Nigeria are grappling with decreasing revenue from Federal allocation and at the same time increasing cost of overheads, wages and emoluments with little or no fund for capital projects that could benefit the people.”

He recalled that the NITPPF was inaugurated by the chairman of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Dato Dan E. Khoo on April 22, 2009 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

He noted that the second edition of the forum was hosted in Kano by the former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State on September 29, 2009.

Remmy Nweke
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