The Federal Government has been advised to implement the emerging technologies in order to drive economic growth.
President of Nigerian Computer Society [NCS], Prof Adesola Aderounmu, advised stakeholders to explore the emerging technologies to improve service delivery in the public and private sectors.
Aderounmu explained that digital disruption had become the norm, saying the exploitation of unique data would enable nations to become smarter.
On the upcoming conference in July, Aderounmi said, “NCS and its members will explore how innovative and emerging technologies can be developed and utilised to create new services and improve solutions in the public and private sectors
For NCS, forward-looking nations should be focused on leveraging the power of fast changing digital economies to boost economic growth and address disease, education, poverty and security, and enable sustainable development.”
He highlighted the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and big data, as some of these disruptive technologies the conference, themed ‘Smart Nations, Digital Economies and Meaningful Lives’, would address.
The NCS president noted that building smart nations and digital economies that foster growth and make a difference to the lives of people were integral to progress in the country, calling on Information Technology professionals, interest groups and stakeholders to be part of the historic event.
The gathering will provide opportunities to share important ideas and experiences, showcase initiatives, examine vital issues and proffer solutions that are actionable and sustainable.
“NCS organises the conference annually as the powerful voice advocating for government intervention, legislation, environmental and societal change that affects the IT sector and IT-enabled activities. It will advance the IT profession and industry and contribute towards setting the Digital Agenda for the nation and on the international level.”
Speaking on the role of the government in developing IT skills in the country, he observed that there was no visible attempt to stop mass exodus of exceptionally brilliant indigenous ICT skills to other countries.
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According to him, other countries sell the skills of Nigerian experts back to the country (Nigeria) at exorbitant rates and attendant capital flight.
He asked, “When will an emergency on ICT skills flight be declared and what is government planning to do to curtail this?”
“There is an absence of a solid platform to showcase indigenous ICT solutions to the global audience in such a way that makes Nigeria a net exporter of and revenue earner from ICT. Beyond the NITDA -led delegation to the annual GITEX show, when will government create a veritable platform to nurture, package and showcase successful ICT solutions developed in Nigeria on Foreign missions, exhibitions and as technical aid to other countries?”