By Emeka Aginam
PRESIDENT Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is expected to deliver the openinng address at The eNigeria 2010 Conference next Tuesday at an event wher no less than 500 participants from both private and public sectors at the three ties of government in Nigeria and the international community are expected.
The three-day event, organized by the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) opens at the Conference Hall of the ECOWAS headquarters in Abuja, and is devoted to setting goals and best practices in the areas of ICT development in Nigeria.
Unfolding plans for the capacity building event Monday in Lagos, Chairman, External Relations, Media and Publicity Committee of NITDA Board, Hon. Victor EdosÂ EbomoyiÂ who led a team of NITDA officials to Vanguard said that NITDAâ€™s flagship event would bring together leading researchers and practitioners from all over the world to brainstorm on the latest development in ICT and how toÂ leverage on these developments of the countryâ€™s sustainableÂ socio-economic development
With optimism, he said that the summit is expected to provide framework for conscious, concerted and guided effort towards ensuring the upward movement of Nigeria in the global e-readiness ranking.
With the theme National ICT4D : Implication for Vision 20-2020, Ebomoyi said that summit is aimed at examiningÂ how IT could be used to drive the present administrationâ€™sÂ Â seven-point agenda towards achieving vision 20-2020.
Specific sectors of the economy to be addressed according to him, will include: agriculture, education, infrastructures-Government, healthcare delivery, human capital development, security/law enforcement, legal framework and legislation, PPP as well as IT popularization and awareness and many more.
â€œThe focus of the summit is the outcome of the ICT4D document produced in collaboration with the United Nationsâ€™s Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) . The document has specific actions and programme with time lines as well as stakeholders for implementations. eNigeria 2010 would serve as a platform for popularizing the document and developing the appropriate mechanisms for implementation and evaluation. This is very relevant in achieving the present administrationâ€™s 7-point agenda and the new national vision 20-2020″ he said
Also speaking, the Oracle of the Nigerian IT industry, Chris Uwaje who is also the President of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, (ISPON) noted with optimism that the capacity building forum will among other things position Nigeria as a key player in the global information society and improve the nationâ€™s global IT ranking.
â€œTime is running out. We must begin to prepare for global competitiveness by engaging in IT capacity building.Â The conference will be another wake up call for the country give IT development priority attention. The conference will be a veritable platform for creating the requisite awareness and setting the agenda for implementation of the Nigeriaâ€™s ICT4D plans among all stakeholders in the Nigerian IT industry which is now the toast of global community. We can do it , â€ Uwaje, who is very passionate about youth development in IT said.
The National Information Technology Development Agency is the clearing house for IT projects in the public sector. The Agency is committed to the drive to bring government and its services closer to the people through IT.
Entrusted with the implementation of the National IT policy, which seeks to make Nigeria an IT capable country in no distant future, NITDA has been mandated to supervise the management of the country code Top Level Domain as a national resource.