Nigeria: ICT industry plans 50 year bash

Ernest Nduke, former Executive Vice Chairman NCC
THE role played by Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the development of Nigeria in the past 50 years will be celebration on September 30, 2010 in Lagos.

Nigeria attained independence in October 1,1960.

The event, which is being packaged by industry bigwigs, is part of Nigeria’s Golden jubilee celebration, which comes to a climax on October 1, 2010.

The event will also witness the launch of a publication that will celebrate the remarkable roles played by key actors in the sector in the past 50 years. It is titled ICONs of ICT: 50 Years Anniversary Edition.

According to news reports, the publication will profile key players in the Nigerian ICT firmament for the past 50 years and a summary of the developments that have taken place in the sector.

Over 60 men and women have been listed for profiling and indexing in the publication.

Already key personalities have agreed to speak on the topic: ICT Development in Nigeria: 50 Years After.

The speakers include Dr Ernest Ndukwe, regarded by many as the most successful telecommunications administrator in the country’s history and Chief Olawale Ige, the oldest surviving actor in the ICT sector and Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

They will look at the place of ICT in achieving Nigeria ’s bid to be among the 20 most developed nations in the world.

Their keynote presentation will be followed by a discussion by a panel of technocrats and knowledgeable ICT players who will assess the Nigerian ICT sector in the last 50 years and proffer solutions on how the country can achieve the mark of other developed nations.

Among those slated as discussants are Chief Ezekiel Fatoye, former executive director of NITEL and Multilinks, President of ATCON, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Prof. Raymond Akwule, Dr Eugene Juwah, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, Chris Uwaje and Chima Onyekwere.

The Nigerian ICT sector has come a long way, passing through many tortuous paths, but nevertheless, the sector has become one of the most vibrant sectors of the economy.

“It is therefore important that as Nigeria celebrates 50 years of independence from colonial rule, the ICT sector which has been widely recognised as the most effective catalyst in national development, roll out drums in celebration and plan ahead”, said Aaron Ukodie, the coordinator of the event and Chief Executive of eWorld Magazine.

If there is any industry that should celebrate during this golden jubilee celebration, it should be the ICT sector, according to Ukodie, who called on stakeholders to throw their weight behind the celebration, which is expected to be a memorable one.