By Idris Bakare, Bukola Olanrewaju
The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) president, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu has called on the federal government to properly implement Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policies in order to enhance its adoption in the country.
He disclosed this while speaking with journalists during the weekend in its Secretariat in Lagos.
According to him, several policies and laws for the development and growth of ICT in Nigeria were made possible by the unconcerned advocacy effort of NCS including the Computer Professional Registration Council (CPN) Act 49 of 1993, National Information Technology Policy 2002
Aderounmu listed the policies, “TeleCommuni-cations Act 2003, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act 2007, National IT Development Unit, the fore-runner of NITDA, National Software Policy 2011, National Information and Communications Policy 2012 (Harmonised) and others.”
He noted that, over the past 40 years, NCS had been the primary agent behind the amazing and rapid increase in IT deployment in Nigeria.
According to Aderounmu, the esteemed Computer society has been the advocacy champion behind local content development, cashless and Fintech, IT in government, national security, productivity in all spheres of life, education and others,
Speaking further, he posited that to commemorate the 40th anniversary of NCS, the management of the society has unveiled an anniversary programme for the ceremony.
Aderounmu highlighted that during the anniversary, special recognition awards would be given to past presidents of NCS and CPN, past provosts of NCS, past registrar and executive secretary of CPN and NCS respectively.
The president also pointed out that honorary fellowship awards would be conferred on the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, for their exemplary service to IT growth and development.
Others he listed as: the first registered member (MRN 00001) and the fortieth registered member (MRN 00040), corporate organisations that have been supportive of the activities of NCS during the years in different categories.
“NCS, through the NITMA platform annually recognises, celebrates and rewards outstanding excellence and exceptional contributions in the IT field with focus on progress for the sector in particular and for the nation as a whole.
“In choosing the awards, the key areas and issues affecting growth in the sector and society are addressed. For all awards, key criteria include IT specialisation, NCS standards and global best practices.
“The portal as at today has been opened to registered members who will vote the candidates of their choice to be announced on the award night,” he said
Aderounmu stressed that “in line with the advocacy efforts of NCS to achieve sustainable development in Nigeria through IT, NCS promotes excellence and significant impact and the need to celebrate the champions who are using technology to change society for good.”