By Emeka Aginam
Ahead of 2010 NITEX exhibition series,Â the President o Nigerian Computer Society, Prof. Charles Uwadia has said that the capacity building event is expected toÂ promote and showcase the abundant skills and expertise available locally in different facets of NigerianÂ IT industry.
Prof Uwadia in a recent press conference to unfold details of NITEX 2010 slated to hold in theÂ multipurpose hall of the UNILAG, Lagos next week in LagosÂ with optimism said that exhibition would retool Nigerian IT products and services to the international market.
â€œThe all-inclusive exhibition such as this, serves as the best in the interest of hardware, software, developers in the manufacturing industry including, vendors and prospective customersâ€ he said.
The event, according to Uwadia who is passionate about software development among Nigerian youths will among other things:
lEncourage creativity, innovation and healthy competition among industry players within local vendors/developers and between local and foreign brands
lCreate an emerging market locally that will offer customers opportunity to select products and services of their choice particularly, such tasking services like unlocking of coded devices among others
lPromote and encourage indigenous and local entrepreneurs and their product brands
lProvide platform to showcase indigenous and locally assembled/developed IT hardware/software products as well as services among other benefits, among others.
According to him, NCSÂ as the umbrella body for all stakeholders and professionals assured all exhibitors of further mileage of their product and services during the exhibition.
â€œIt is my fervent hope that this yearâ€™s NITEX 2010Â will convey the IT strength to Nigerian policy makers that potentials are abundant in the country from where the march towards 20 2020 is achievable with right support to the players in the industry.
â€œI will also urge the small scale industrialist to come out and take advantage of the â€˜Developers valleyâ€™ and demonstrate their competence where they would be accommodated in their products and services as IT solution providers without being subjected to full exhibition costs. This time around, NCS has made provision for their shortcomings.
â€œThe collaborative effort between NCS and two government agencies like NITDA and SMEDAN serves as a good beginning of a very reliable and strategic relationship among the bodies for the speedy growth and development in the industry. Many more like, the Bank of Industry, Consumer Protection Agency, and Standard Organization of Nigeria among others is being consulted for collaboration in no distant timeâ€ he added.
The all-inclusive exhibition such as this, according to him,Â serves as the best in the interest of hardware, software, developers in the manufacturing industry including vendors and prospective customers. The maiden edition by the Nigeria Computer Society took place in November 2008.