By Emeka Aginam
How best IT innovation could address the local and global dimensions of sustainable development among others will top discussion next week in Abuja at the Nigerian Computer Society 13th international conference.
The Executive Secretary of NCS, Iyiola Ayoola in a statement said that issues around governance, gender diversity, social inclusion, youth empowerment and environmental opportunities will also be discussed at the conference that will be hosted by the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu is the Chief Host.
While NCS keeps advocating strongly for strategic focus on IT to meet the nation’s present and future developmental needs, he said that the current Nigerian challenges require innovative IT oriented models, responses, adding that NCS is taking leadership in organizing the first ever national event dedicated to tech innovation for sustainable development in Nigeria.
The conference titled: “Information Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development”, he said that IT industry players, academics, researchers and thought leaders will speak, engage and proffer solutions based on this theme and associated sub-themes.
“Without deliberate strategy IT actually hinders sustainability. NCS is of the belief that through innovative approaches challenges can in fact be turned into opportunities”, he said.
A content rich event with focus on relevance and impact, stakeholders from government, industry, academia, the United Nations, multilateral agencies, International organisations, youth groups and civil society, he said will come together to provide answers and solutions in this most important area.
A much anticipated session will address how new disruptive technologies can help the cause of sustainable development.
Some of the resource persons who develop and run outstanding initiatives that are changing society in fundamental ways include Seun Onigbinde, co-founder and Lead Partner, BudgIT, Dr. Ghaji Ismaila Bello, Director General, National Population Commission, Dr. Yerima Peter Tarfa Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, Maryam Lawan Gwadabe, Founder Blue Hub and CEO, Blue Sapphires, Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, Executive Chairman, Consultancy Support Services (CS2) Ltd, among others will participate at the conference