Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, has disclosed plans to showcase IT innovation, national safety and security at its 26th National Conference holding this month in Abuja. Nigeria’s largest annual IT conference holding under the theme, “Information Technology for National Safety and Security” will combine several innovation statements throughout the event. NCS, Chairman, Conferences Committee, Jide Awe stated that as the theme implies is the emphasis on innovation in national safety and security which aligns with the security priority of the Federal Government. Awe said that through the conference, NCS is calling for the application of innovative IT tools and strategies for improved effectiveness and performance in all aspects of national security (border security, military, Cybersecurity, policing, etc. Speaking further on the conference, he said, “the National Information Technology Development , NITDA, under the leadership of the Acting Director General, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, has announced that it will host a plenary session during the 2016 NCS conference. “The agency responsible for fostering the development and growth of IT in Nigeria will use the session during this high profile event to focus on “The Role of ICT Innovation in Diversifying the Nigerian Economy”. “With emphasis on promoting IT innovation and creativity, NITDA will use the session to highlight issues, challenges and experiences during the innovation process. Geared towards the advancement of NITDA‘s mandate, the conference will additionally be informed about measures, interventions and strategies NITDA has put in place to enable job creation and wealth creation through IT. “In a strategic collaboration with NCS, NITDA is hosting the plenary session during the NCS annual conference to create awareness about innovation development opportunities and to enrich and expand the innovation ecosystem. “The Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform, YIEP, has also been introduced in line with the spirit of innovation. NCS will use this platform to actively promote Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship in IT as an important and most promising component of National Security. “The Youth Innovation Platform aims to enable and foster youth innovation and entrepreneurship in Information Technology (IT) for Sustainable Development.” According to NCS President, Professor Sola Aderounmu, “YIEP is indicative of NCS’s commitment to the future of the tech industry and the growth of an inclusive digital Nigeria and a commitment to the youth and future of Nigeria”. YIEP will feature information and experience sharing, mentoring and guidance amongst others. Already, InterYIT, the international association for Young IT Professionals has endorsed YIEP.

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