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NITPA Tasks Nigerians On Implementation

Daily Champion

April 22, 2004


NIGERIAN Information Technology Professionals in the
Americas (NITPA), has tasked Nigerians, especially its members to focus on
viability and implementation of projects, to remain engaged in the nation’s
Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs’) intervention programme of
the group.

President of NITPA, Prof. Manny Aniebonam, made this call
at the end of their quarterly meeting in an address he entitled “NITPA Projects:
Engaging Ourselves in Effective ICT Intervention”.

He noted that NITPA has many on-going projects, activities
and opportunities, which he said, the association would soon come up with its

The reports, he said, are being compiled under the
leadership of the group’s Vice President, Prof. Vesper Owei, advising that those
who have not yet involved themselves on any of the numerous projects of the
association, should do so in order to be part of the evaluation and success at
the end of the day.

He listed some of the on-going partnership projects of the
association to include, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Initiative with the
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) led by Prof. Bolaji
Aluko, Nigerian Diaspora Day Project with the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Ms
Edna Eguh Udobong, NetTel@Africa Telecom Capacity Building with the Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC) led by himself, among other 10 projects.

He said that details of these projects would soon be on
NITPA’s website.

Isoun Flags Off 5-Day Workshop On Open Source

Daily Champion

March 13, 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

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

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 revolutions.

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

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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