Isoun Open Source Workshop

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Isoun Flags Off 5-Day Workshop On Open Source

Daily Champion (Lagos)

March 13, 2004
Posted to the web March 15, 2004


MINISTER of Science and Technology, Prof. Turner Isoun, has flagged off a
five-day workshop on Capacity Building based on Free and Open Source (OS)
Systems and Web Application for development, in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Open Source, is globally an interoperable systems by one organisation and could
be deployed favourably by another with little or no architectural difficulty and
difference, within the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) sector.

The five-day workshop is organised by the National Information Technology
Development Agency (NITDA), in collaboration with the Education Tax Fund (ETF)
and the Nigerian Information Technology Professionals in the Americas (NITPA).

Flagging off the workshop which commenced on Monday, but officially opened on
Tuesday, at the NITDA secretariat, Prof. Isoun, said that the nation’s
educational sector curricular would soon be witnessing changes that would
improve the level of quality graduates produced in the universities nationwide.

This, he said, would specifically be carried out in the Engineering and Sciences
departments and would be rooted in the systems that in few years to come, even
nursery school pupils, would be able to operate computers.

Director-General of NITDA, Prof. Gabriel Ajayi, told participants drawn from
federal institutions in the country, that the nation must not be left out at
this era of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) because, the nation
has suffered immensely due to non-participation in the agrarian and industrial

As such, Prof. Ajayi, added that the nation stands to benefit immensely from the
five-day workshop. Director of Operations at ETF, Mr. S. O. Agunbiade, said that
the Fund’s collaboration with NITDA shows its determination to advance the
educational quality of the Nigerians and the sector’s standards.

He called for the inclusion of participants from the state-owned universities in
the next batch of the workshop, which focused on training-the-trainers.

Also speaking, President of NITPA), Prof. Manny Aniebonam called for
knowledge-based incubation and innovation, which, he said, was at the back of
his team’s mind from United States, which includes Prof. Bolaji Aluko, in
collaborating with NITDA.

He stressed on the sustainability of such efforts and enjoined Nigerians to be
more positive in all endeavours to uplift the nation amidst detractors.


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