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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Uwaje tasks universities on software competition

President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chief Chris Uwaje has tasked the nation’s universities on software development by taking advantage of the group’s software contest for students.

Dr. Emma Ekuwem & Chief Chris Uwaje recently in Lagos.
Uwaje in a special message at the establishment of Software Development Clubs (SDC) across the universities nationwide recently by ISPON, expressed optimism on the ability of these institutions to make a huge difference as the world forge-ahead in knowledge economies.

“I am convinced of the visionary fact that one day and very soon, this 21st century, Nigerian developed software will break the world record in form, content and quality,” he said.

Uwaje also pointed out to the participants that they were chosen by merit, stressing, “you are one of the few 
chosen ones to supersonically volt Nigeria into the 21st century Information Society (IS)”

According to him, the contribution of these Software Development Clubs to the knowledge society would definitely make Nigeria great.

“I absolutely believe in your innovative potential, creative ability, confidence, capability and intellectual risk management adventure to achieve the above challenges, objectives and interfacing goals,” he charged, reminding them that they were one of the new chosen ones by merit, hence drafted for the Nigeria digital knowledge quest.

He further urged institutions that do not have Software Development Clubs (SDC) already, to reach out to the coordinator the initiative at ISPON at admin@ispon.org, asserting, “ISPON challenges you, Nigerian Youths to dream software.”

ITRealms Online recalls that Software Development Club seeks to develop and empower Nigerian Youths with Global Software Knowledge as strategic instrument for facilitating and building skilled capacities for self-reliance, wealth creation and national security as well as applying global Information, and Communications Technology (ICT) best practices.

Meanwhile, the chairman, publicity committee of ISPON, Mr. Moses Braimah disclosed recently that the association has finalized arrangements to stage the first National Software Competition billed to take place in Calabar, Cross River State.

Braimah said in what promises to be the greatest IT-Quest and knowledge encounter of the year 2011 that for the past one year, ISPON National Executive Council had fine-tuned the initiative.

He emphasized that subsequent to extensive interactions with university students and the leadership of National Association of Computer Students (NACCOS), ISPON rolled out strategies for the establishment of Software Development Clubs in Nigerian universities.

These clubs, he said, would serve as foundation for building the collaborative communities and connections to the larger stakeholder ecosystem that are pivotal to the emergence of a sustainable knowledge culture and capability for software development.

“At the last count, more than 32 universities have either been registered or applied for registration,” he said.

Remmy Nweke

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