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Monday, March 09, 2015

ISPON rewards Imoke, Johnson at President’s dinner

The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) last weekend, hosted stakeholders to its annual President’s dinner at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island in Lagos, with Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke and Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson standing up to be counted, reports ITRealms.

This year’s edition, held on Friday, March 6, 2015, ITRealms also reports, had its theme: Software and Local Content in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Ecosystem, witnessed the presentation of awards to individuals and the state that have played key roles in ICT in the country. 

They included the Honourable Minster, Ministry of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, and the Executive Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Senator Liyel Imoke and Cross River State Government for supporting and promoting software in Cross River.

In his welcome address, the chairman of the occasion and immediate past president of ISPON, Dr. Chris Uwaje, ITRealms learnt, thanked the present leadership of ISPON for making this year’s President Dinner possible and stressed that it is time for less talk and more action on how to tap from this multibillion dollar sector of the economy through local content, ITRealms reports

Senator Imoke in his opening remarks, said, his people share a common vision with ISPON in positioning Cross River for application of ICT and the benefit therein as a leader in the technology. 

The minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson said ISPON is doing a good job and stressed the need to acquire relevant skill in the industry. According to her, ITRealms learnt, her ministry is working closely with both states and private sec
tor in ensuring the growth of ICT in the country

President of ISPON, Mr. Pius Okigbo, Jr. thanked all the guests, saying that he is happy that the President’s Dinner which usually takes place in February and which was nearly marred by the election time table, finally became a reality.

The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Dr. Ernest Nwakpa, spoke on the progress which NCDMB has made since the president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, signed the Local Content Policy into law in 2010, noting, they have been able to change the mindset of Nigerians to believe in the local content initiative.  

“How can we get our people to go entrepreneurial” he asked, stressing that this government is supportive of anybody wishing to do business in Nigeria. He went further to say that over the past 50 years past governments had concerned themselves with selling of oil and collecting royalties but all that have changed now since 2010, ITRealms gathered

He harped on capacity building, making sure that foreign companies doing business in Nigeria set up facility in Nigeria, that way, job creation and other ancillary services would be enhanced for Nigerian’s benefit. 

ITRealms further reports that Nwapa told ISPON to define what they want to do, noting that what is required basically is communication between ISPON, the oil and gas sector, maintaining that NCDMB is looking forward to working with ISPON.

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