By Cyril Okoye
The extraordinary quantum role played by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the development of Nigeria in the past 50 years is due for celebration on September 30, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotels, in Lagos .
Immediate past Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr Ernest Ndukwe and former Minister of Communications and Commissioner at the NCC, Engineer Olawale Ige will discussion at the celebration.
They will give keynote addresses on ICT Development In Nigeria: 50 Years After. They will also look at how ICT can be used to achieve vision 20: 2020.
The event which is part of Nigeria ’s Golden jubilee celebration which comes to a climax on October 1, 2010 is coordinated by Aaron Ukodie, CEO of eWorld Magazine.
The event will also witness the launch of a publication that will celebrate the remarkable roles played by key actors in the sector in the past 50 years. It is titled ICONs Of ICT: 50 Years Anniversary Edition.
Ige and Ndukwe’s keynotes will be followed by a discussion by a panel of technocrats and knowledgeable ICT players who would assess the Nigerian ICT sector in the last 50 years and proffer solutions on how the country can achieve the mark of other developed nations.
Among those slated as discussants are Chief Ezekiel Fatoye, former Executive Director of NITEL and Multilinks, President of ATCON, Engineer Titi Omo_Ettu, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Professor Raymond Akwule,President of Digital Bridge Institute, Dr Eugene Juwah, NCC EVC, Professor Cleopas Angaye, NITDA Director_General, Chris Uwaje of ISPON, Gbenga Adebayo of ALTON and Chima Onyekwere of Linkserve.
The Nigerian ICT sector has come a long way, passing through many tortuous paths, but nevertheless, the sector has become one of the most vibrant of the economy.
It is therefore important that as Nigeria celebrates 50 years of Independence from colonial rule, the ICT sector which has been widely recognised as the most effective catalyst in national development role out drums in celebration and plan ahead a more rewarding and nation impacting path.