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Post COVID-19: ICT stakeholders to chart way forward for industry at NITRA forum Oct 14

Stakeholders in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry in Nigeria will on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 meet to chart the way forward for the sector following the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the nation.

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Stakeholders in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry in Nigeria will on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 meet to chart the way forward for the sector following the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the nation.

The virtual event, being hosted by the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), will discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector during and after the COVID-19 period.

A statement from the organisers stated that the online conference would also provide an avenue for the industry players to evaluate the nation’s preparedness to embrace ICT, adding that it’s “pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.”

The theme of the event is: “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”.

“‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’ is an annual event by NITRA, and a contribution by the ICT media Association to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovations and policies in Nigeria,” Mr. Chidiebere Nwankwo, the National Secretary of NITRA said.

He noted that participants are expected to log in to https://events.vmeetsworld.com/registration/26651305 to register in order to be part of the Webinar.

Special guests expected at the webinar include Nigeria’s minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami while the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, will deliver the keynote address at the event.

Other speakers who have concluded plans to grace the event are the Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Inuwa Kachifu Abdullahi; Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Engr. Gbenga Adebayo; President, Medallion communications, Ike Nnamani and Co-founder, Digital Encode, Dr. Obadare Peter Adewale.

Others are the President of Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola; MD/CEO Galaxy Backbone (GBB) Limited, Professor Muhammad Abubakar; Managing Director, CloudFlex, Aderemi Adejumo and Commercial Director, Spire Solutions, UAE, Sapan Agarwal.

“It is expected that NITDA’s Director-General, Dr. Kashifu Inuwa, will, at the session, provide insight into its numerous developmental activities geared towards giving Nigeria a formidable regulation in IT.

“NITDA’s role is to develop, regulate and advise on Information technology in the country (Nigeria) through regulatory standards, guidelines and policies.

“Additionally, NITDA is the clearing house for all IT projects and infrastructural development in the country.

“ATCON’s participation will bring to the fore, the contributions and challenges of telecom companies who are members of the Association.

“Galaxy Backbone’s Managing Director, Prof. Abubakar will also take participants through the various plans the company has developed to reposition government Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the digitisation ahead.

“Galaxy Backbone is the information technology and shared services provider of the Federal Government of Nigeria. It has, over a decade since its inception, also provided services for the private sector businesses.

“Spire Solutions is a trusted IT security solutions distributor and services provider. A leader in Information Security Solutions and Services in the MENA region, Spire holds exclusive distribution rights for the world’s best-known security solutions.

“Along with its partner, Vmeets, Spire Solutions has partnered to provide a secured interactive platform for the event,” the statement reads.

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