By Ibiyemi Mathew
The Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Science and Technology, has expressed its determination in partnering with the State Chapter of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) to promote the development of Information Technology (IT) in the state.
The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm, disclosed the plan at the NCS Lagos Chapter 2020 IT Conference and Award ceremony.
Fahm said that the state government was committed to the development of IT to ensure the State benefits from digital economy.
Speaking at the conference with the theme: “Digital Economy Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies of Post-COVID-19’’, Fahm said that the state government was building optic fibre across the state as measures to promote Information Technology.
According to him, the Ministry of Science and Technology is also promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in primary and secondary schools across the state.
“We are not only going to partner with the NCS but it would be full participation with NCS.
“We are going to work together because the state cannot do it alone and we have to work with the practitioners to move the state forward,” he said.
He, however, appreciated the association, saying that NCS was taking steps in the right direction.
Also speaking on the theme of the conference, the Guest Speaker, Mrs. Funke Alomooluwa, said that the pandemic had accelerated digitalisation as people had seen it was the way to go.
Alomooluwa said if one should look at the pandemic holistically, the benefits outweighed the losses, especially for those in the IT sector.
She said it was the time for all organisations be eager to go into IT and government should make the environment conducive for younger ones.
According to her, there are lessons to be learnt from the pandemic which includes timeliness in decision making, reductions in cost and time wastage, improved family support system and spousal relationship.