BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR,
President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to declare open eNigeria 2018 slated for 5-7th November while Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, pioneer Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, [EFCC] will deliver the keynote address.
The theme of year’s event is “Promoting a Digital Economy in an Era of Emerging Technologies through Effective Regulations.”
The theme is a response to the complex mix of digital opportunities and challenges driven by the increasing influence of emerging technologies on the socio-economic aspect of our society.
eNigeria is the Nation’s annual IT Flagship conference and exhibition forum which serves as a melting pot for the best brains and ideas in public, private and non-governmental sector, organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) is the Federal Government arm responsible for regulating, developing and implementing the National IT Policy in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
It provides a platform for brainstorming on emerging technologies, local innovation and relevant ICT issues for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
It is also a platform that brings together professionals, industry players, innovators, startups, policy makers, investors and stakeholders generally with participants cutting across borders.
It serves as a veritable platform for the takeoff of indigenous software, networking, exposure, intellectual discussions and policy direction.
A statement by Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA, said since the maiden edition in 2007, e-Nigeria has attracted over 25,000 participants, including local and international thought leaders from business, government and academic communities.
Umar said a total of 150 different speakers and discussants have presented over 100 papers while 200 local and international businesses have exhibited at e-Nigeria over the last ten years.
“Each year, the e-Nigeria conference, exhibitions and awards attract support from the highest level of political leadership.
“President Muhammadu Buhari was the Special Guest at last year’s event. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was the Special Guest at e-Nigeria 2016.”
“Partnerships for the nation’s number one IT event have been fostered between the supervisory Ministry of Communications, sister agencies and MDAs including The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Galaxy Backbone Ltd., NIPOST, NIGCOMSAT, CPN, NCS, among others.
“eNigeria 2018 conference, exhibitions and awards is holding in the International Conference Centre, Abuja from 5th to 7th of November, 2018.
“Participation is open. President Buhari will further advance the agenda for promoting digital economy, emerging technologies and effective regulations as basis for Nigeria’s entry into the digital economy – the major theme of eNigeria 2018,” she explained.
The 11th Edition of eNigeria is to accelerate the development of, and access to digital products and services to citizens thereby, creating Africa’s largest single digital market by 2020.
Sub themes include: Key Conditions for Unlocking Nigeria’s Digital Market Opportunities; Leveraging Disruptive Technologies to Grow Key Sectors and Industries; Information Technology (IT) Regulation as a Tool for Digital Economy; The New (In) Equality in the Digital Era; and Information Technology(IT) as an Effective Tool of fighting corruption.
Speakers at the proposed event include, the Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu who is also the Chief Host and the Director General of the NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who is the Host and Convener of eNigeria 2018.
Other speakers are drawn from the academia, government, public and private sectors, regulatory agencies, financial institutions, ICT hubs, international organisations, among others.