The Oracle Speaks, as the book, â€œe-Knowledge â€“ Time is Running Out,â€ by Dr. Chris Uwaje, long awaited especially in the IT sector is launched. Venue of the launch is the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos next Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Expected at the event are the nation’s policy makers, technology gurus, academics and core IT stakeholders both in the profession and industry have confirmed attendance.
Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State is billed as chief host; while board chairman of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Chief Ebitimi Banigo is expected as Chairman of occasion. Professor Pat Utomi is expected to deliver the keynote address, while Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Sam Amuka is Special Guest of Honour. Engr Titi Omo-Ettu of Executive Cybershuul will review the book, while Chairman of Arco Petrochemicals, Engr Alfred Okoigun will unveil the book. Other dignitaries expected include Chairman, NITDA Governing Board, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, Zenith Bank MD, Jim Ovia, Chairman, Coscharis Technologies, Dr. Cosmas Maduka, Prof. Cleopas Angaye â€“ DG NITDA, Mr. Ibrahim Tizhe â€“ President CPN, and Professor Charles Uwadia, President Nigeria Computer Society (NCS). Others are Engr. Simeon Agu, GMD Omatek Computers, Mrs Florence Seriki, President/CEO of Teledom, Dr. Emmanuel Ekunwem, and others.
Meanwhile, testimonies to the book has started to emerge from hole and abroad basedÂ on the following impressions from admirers.
Lanre Mendes, Atlanta GA. USA, writes of Uwaje and his book: As far back as August 22, 1997, with his presentation at the Eko Hotel, titled â€œInformation Technology Development in Nigeria â€“ Implications, Challenges and Prospectsâ€ he made history by becoming the first to articulate and advocate for a National Policy for Information Technology (IT).
Since then, he has never looked back. Rather, spurred by his innate obsession and passion for IT, in 2000, he accelerated his pioneering effort by single-handedly drafting and submitting a proposal â€“ on behalf of ITAN – for the establishment and adoption of a National Policy for Information Technology, in his capacity as the President.
Before the submission of the said proposal on National IT Policy. He had in 1988 through a presentation titled â€œNigeria and the Speed Phenomenonâ€ predicted the emergence of the knowledge industry and the â€˜speedâ€™ factor of the Internet and warned about what we all now know as the â€˜digital divideâ€™. Today, those forecasts made in 1998 remain constantly true and have perhaps become a way of life to many of us.
Today with his e-Knowledge â€“ time is running Out!, he warns yet again that Nigeria may become a digital colony, unless she consciously declare Information Technology a state of emergency and ensure that a chunk of our national resources is budgeted and injected to make us compete globally in theÂ knowledge olympiad.
Professor O. C. Akinyokun, Professor of Computer Science Federal University of Technology, Akure, also writes of the book:
The book exhibits the authority of Chris Uwaje in the area of IT principles, standards and practice. The following points are greatly articulated in the book:
lToday, one is considered educated only if he or she can read, write and compute, applying and using IT tools and devices.
lWarns Nigeria and Nigerians of the emerging impact and colossal risk of the Information Society and advocates for the need to ensure that our Inter-Generational Knowledge (IGK) base is documented and sustained.
lTo avert being a digital colony, Nigeria should reconnect to her Diaspora Resources worldwide for global IT competitiveness.
lT tools and devices are necessary for the normalization, standardization and stabilization of the norms and values of a society with a view to re-engineering its growth and development.
lThe profile and characters of a nation, in form and contents are determined and measured by the strength, quality and management of its critical information structures, infrastructure and systems.
lIT provides a common language for stakeholders interaction in all the economic sectors ofÂ society.
lIT creates wealth, jobs and bridges the gap between the developed and developing world.
lThe existing IT critical infrastructure, legislative framework, implementation of regulatory measures, standard, quality control and assurance, Research and Development, linkage, collaboration, cooperation and partnership programmes in Nigeria are grossly inadequate.