By Bukola Olanrewaju
As part of its annual duty to contribute to national development, the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) is set to host its 27th national conference with special focus on boosting digital inclusion in Nigeria.
The President, NCS, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu while addressing journalists in Lagos, said a lot is needed to be done to get Nigeria to her rightful place and as such worried about the slow pace of development around digital inclusion.
He said, “The country must adequately develop its human resources and put them to judicial use if digital inclusion must be
“In the fast paced digital era, there is a need for strategic actions and innovative practices to ensure the nation is competitive, engaged and prosperous.”
Aderounmu however stated that the NCS 27th National Conference scheduled to take place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Oyo State from July 17 to 19 themed: ‘Digital Inclusion: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies’ will seek to ensure the strategic and transformation role of IT in the economy and society.
He also stressed the need for skills development in the country.
“It wasn’t that the jobs are not there, but the skills to match have been the challenge. But technology can actually deliver us from these challenges if adequately explored”, he stressed.
NCS Chairman, Events and Conferences, Jide Awe, said the inclusion gap in the country was still very wide and getting wider daily due to the challenge posed by inadequate infrastructure, which has limited economic growth.
According to Awe, “we must fasttrack our development if the country must compete at the very top. The country is blessed; all we need is good management. At the conference, we shall be discussing some of these challenges and proffer ways of getting out of the wood.”
The NCS official said that when all Nigerians both in urban and rural areas are included in digital literacy, it would go a long way in developing the country.
To the Chairman, Education and Manpower Committee, Rogba Adeoye, part of driving inclusion would be to develop human capacity.
Furthermore, the NCS President disclosed that the conference is usually the largest yearly gathering of leading IT professionals and stakeholders with national and international participation, stressing that attendee benefits include unique opportunities for self development, networking, collaboration, recognition and advocacy.
Meanwhile, Aderounmu cautioned that as the nation must invest in technology, “we must not widen existing divides in society. The sustainability of our efforts requires inclusion.