… Honours Elegbe, Onyebuchi at NITMA 2019
The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) at its annual National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) decorated some Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in the growth of IT in the country.
The event which held in Lagos was attended by decision-makers from both the private and public sector of the nation’s economy.
Managing Director of Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigComSat) Limited, Ms. Abimbola Alale who represented the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami noted that the Awards has been a medium of propelling the Minister to do more for the industry and the country at large.
He commended the NCS for working assiduously with him as the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and continuing in that stead in his current position as a Minister.
Dr. Vincent Olatunji, who represented the DG, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi spoke on the need for the NCS to engage Nigerians in the Diaspora as it will help the sector. “It is a multi-billion dollar sector and needs all contributions it can get to grow.”
He further noted that NITDA is ready to work with the private sector, with civil society groups and others.
In his address, the President of NCS, Prof. Adesina Sodiya noted that the advocacy efforts of the NCS, which is geared towards achieving sustainable development in Nigeria will not be complete without recognizing excellence and exceptional professionals who have made significant impacts in the industry.
While informing guests at the Awards that the NCS has stepped up efforts towards realizing its objectives, Prof. Sodiya stated that the NCS is the only recognized national and African largest computer society with over 10, 000 members spread across all sectors of the economy.
He encouraged non-members to join the Society. “I want to assure that you will surely be able to contribute more to the development of IT in the country. Together we shall move the information technology profession to a desirable height.”
CEO, Union Systems Limited, Mr. Chuks Onyebuchi was awarded the Simeon Agu Prize for the Best Software Entrepreneur of the Year, which attracts Prize money of N250, 000 and a trophy. Mr. Onyebuchi beat two other contestants, CEO, Fintrack Software Company Limited, Mr. Bunmi Akinyemiju and CEO, Edalaf Brothers Limited, Dr. Abiodun Falade, to win the prize.
The Award was instituted in pursuant to the request to keep alive the contributions of a distinguished IT practitioner and Pioneer/Founding President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Fellow of the NCS and a member of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), Late Engr. Simeon Chijioke Agu, to the software profession and the industry at large.
The criteria for the Award is based on some factors that include the recipients’ software leadership passion; investment in IT human resources capacity building; creative contributions to IT industry strategies and youth innovation mentoring and information analysis. Other factors include customer satisfaction; data sharing and continuing education and training.
Also honoured at the Awards was the Founder/GMD of Interswitch, Mr. Mitchell Elegbe who bagged the prestigious 2019 IT Personality of the Year Award. The Awards which is also known as the NCS President’s Award recognizes and celebrates individuals that have made enormous and remarkable achievements in IT and IT-related activities.
The event also saw the announcement of the funding of 35 students studying computer and IT-related courses in Nigeria tertiary institutions by Mr. Jim Ovia, Founder of Zenith Bank. A commitment he has sustained since 2015.