By Ibiyemi Mathew
The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, Adedutan, CEO of FirstBank and a host of others are expected to grace the 2020 National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) as award recipients.
According to Prof. Adesina Sodiya, President of the Nigeria computer Society (NCS), “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 specialisations, NCS standards and global best practices.”
Speaking further, Sodiya noted that the “award ceremony is in line with the advocacy efforts of NCS to celebrate the champions who are using technology to change society for good, achieve sustainable development, and promote digital economy in Nigeria through Information Technology.”
He added that, “IT is critical to enabling economic recovery and growth as well as achieving sustainable development. All who desire progress should work with NCS to recognize, honour and reward those that are doing great work. The society not just NCS should reward them for their impact, service and untiring efforts.”
“We must encourage those in our environment who are using their knowledge, creativity and resourcefulness to develop local tech solutions that are so essential to the drive for socio economic, growth, recovery and development.
“NCS calls on you to celebrate them because this is about progress and the future of our nation. The NITMA event is a strong and purposeful indication of our commitment to celebrating talent and highlighting the innovation, excellence, vision, and dedication of individuals and organizations within the IT industry and community.”
“Annually the Nigeria Computer Society recognizes, celebrates and rewards outstanding excellence and exceptional contributions in the Information Technology field through the unique national platform NITMA provides. Our focus as a society is progress for the sector in particular and for the nation as a whole. As the acknowledged professional authority facilitating the development of an inclusive, globally competitive, prosperous and knowledge-based digital economy in Nigeria, NCS is committed to recognizing and rewarding outstanding hard work and excellence in accelerating IT development,” Sodiya said.
Asides from the award ceremony, the society is set to confer Professional fellowships on members of NCS who are recognized as authorities in their field of computing and have distinguished themselves through significant contribution to the growth of Information Technology through their professional expertise and activities while Honourary Fellowship will be conferred on distinguished personalities for their dedication and exemplary service to IT growth and development in Nigeria.
His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Dr. Bello Mohammad Matawalle, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Dr. Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, CEO First Bank of Nigeria and Professor Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) are recipients of the honorary fellowship while Dr Isa Pantami will be given the IT Gold Merit award award for his innovative ideas towards moving IT to the next level.
Other individuals and organizations are set to be recognized also and honoured with Special Recognition Awards for their undeniable and huge contributions in the IT and related areas at the award ceremony scheduled to hold on the 26th of November, 2020.