Benjamin Babine, Abuja
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has inaugurated a Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 13th edition of the e-Nigeria Conference, Exhibitions and Awards.
The conference, which is the flagship IT event in Nigeria, provides platforms for the creation of digital awareness, development of the appropriate framework and the setting of goals to ensure best practices in order to encourage appropriate positioning of Nigeria in the global information society.
NITDA stressed in a statement that the IT event’s impact on Nigeria’s IT sector will be felt globally in the long run. “We are planning to make this year’s event regional and, we have the opportunity to achieve this because it is coming at the period when we have pandemic that is making virtual meeting the new normal. This will encourage participation from anywhere,” said NITDA.
According to the statement, the Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi advised the LOC members to ensure that they plan and execute a highly successful international event that will see the participation of participants all over the world.
He said ‘the team should be able to plan and execute e-Nigeria that will surpass previous successes recorded, which the IT stakeholders would be proud of.
‘I know you have the capabilities that is why your office finds you worthy to be among the LOC.’
The DG advised the member to be innovative and open to new ideas as nothing is cast on stone.
‘Let us not constrain ourselves to the arrangements we already have, we can do things differently this year. Introduction of new ideas that are different from the conference, startup ouches and master class are welcome. Let us make this 2020 edition different and I am confident you can do it.’
The Chief Research Officer, Dr Muhammed Agbali, speaking on behalf of Director of Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dr Agu Collins, whose department oversees the execution of the conference, said the 13th edition of the conference would be the infusion of both virtual and physical platforms due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Describing the 2020 e-Nigeria as “hybrid conference, Dr Agbali stated that people would be able to join the conference anywhere from the world adding that only the speakers, facilitators, resource person and dignitaries would be physically present at the physical venue of the event. He said the Agency is about to develop a virtual meeting platform that can achieve that.
The proposed theme for this year e-Nigeria which is slated to hold from November 24 to 26 is “Towards a National Digital Transformation and Economic Sustainability in Nigeria.”
The theme and the sub-themes are derivatives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy and NITDA Roadmaps which are designed to transform Nigeria’s economy to digital with the use of digital technology.