Members are also celebrating 20 years of Chapter existence
Chapter to conduct land-marking at proposed secretariat
Shall reward members for excellent performance
Things you should know as their achievements
Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, Ogun State Chapter is set to celebrate two decades of existence and a decade of its inauguration, TechEconomy.ng can report.
The celebrated chapter has also tagged it the year of rewarding excellence and commitment to the growth of IT in Ogun State, to distinguished personalities.
The Chapter currently chaired by Olatundun Anifat Adekunte (Mrs) plans to carry out a visitation to schools for sensitization of students on career in IT and make donations.
TechEconomy.ng also learnt that there will be a tour of NCS Ogun site for land-marking, amongst other activities.
TechEconomy.ng has chronicled the achievements of the Chapter, thus:
Information Technology Development programme:
“This is one of the flagship programme of the chapter, which was introduced in 2009 and sustained till date”, said the Chief Adviser to the Planning Committee, Dr. ‘Bukola Onashoga in an interaction with TechEconomy.ng.
It is an annual event that involves all Tertiary Institutions in the South-West zone of Nigeria coming together to compete on IT Quiz, IT Innovation Presentation and Software Development. This event had been held in various institutions like Babcock University, Ilisan, Remo, Ogun State (2009), Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State (2010), Redeemers University Mowe, Ogun state (2011), Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun (2012), Covenant University (2013), Bells University of Technology (2014), Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro (2015), Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade (2017), Chrisland University (2018) and Crescent University, Abeokuta (2019).
Applied Information Technology Conference:
The AIT Conference debuted in 2015. NCS Ogun State in its commitment to pushing the boundaries in IT research to drive improvements in the nation and bring together group of researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and policy makers with interest in information technology and to provide an important channel for exchange of ideas and information collaborated with the Department of Computer Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta to deliver the Applied Information Technology Conference.
Three editions of the conference have been successfully held in 2015, 2017 and 2019 at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta with participants gathering from across the country.
Young IT Brains Competition:
The Young IT Brains Competition was designed by the Chapter for pupils of Primary Schools to compete on the knowledge an application of Information Technology.
The programme which debuted in 2013 had always been held yearly till date.
The competition, which is been sponsored by the CEO, Precise Financial Systems, Lagos, Dr. Yele Okeremi, is still making waves with growing popularity and having direct impact on the pupils.
I.T. Talent Hunt:
In order to increase the use and awareness of Information Technology among Nigerian youths, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Ogun State chapter in 2017 introduced a new competition tagged “I.T. Talent Hunt” for students of Junior Secondary School (JSS 1-3) in public & private secondary schools.
Computer Brains Club:
Nigeria Computer Society, Ogun State Chapter launched the free Computer Club tagged “Computer Brains Club” for Primary 4, 5, 6 pupils to SS2 students in 2015 with about 1,500 participants in attendance.
Going by the rapid growth of Information Technology and its importance in the society, Ogun State Chapter of NCS plans to pick youth from the cradle.
“We are proud to inform you that Ogun State won the first prize of the NCS Whiz Kid Competition for this category in 2012 and 2014 editions of the competition. The intention is to encourage the youths in the study and improve their orientation in the use of Information Technology by enlightening them from the cradle”, the Chairperson said.
Ogun IT Merit Award:
It is also worth informing you that we have a biennial event tagged Ogun IT Merit Award (OGITMA) to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements in Information Technology (IT) by corporate organizations and individuals.
OGITMA recognizes the contributions of individuals to the State chapter of NCS, exceptional hard work and excellence in accelerating IT development in Nigeria.
The state chapter organises series of impactful I.T. professional trainings on different trending areas periodically both to members of the society and the general public.
IT Stakeholders Forum
This is a programme jointly organized by the Ogun State chapter in partnership with a tech hub in the state, Lead Resources.
The maiden edition was held in 2018 at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Youth Centre, Abeokuta with the theme: “Building the Technology and Innovation Ecosystem in Ogun State” and was well-attended.
The well-drafted communiqué of that programme has been released to the Ogun State Government and is receiving attention and been implemented in phases.
Acquisition of Landed Property
In furtherance to the pursuance of a permanent secretariat to cement the presence of the Nigeria Computer Society in the State, the society is in possession of a government-allocated land in Magbon, behind Conference Hotel, Abeokuta. Government Survey has been produced for the land and beacons established.
IT Pathway Bulletin
The society has published several editions of its Quarterly publication – IT Pathway Bulletin to educate, inform and sensitize members on latest news and trends in Information Technology.
Collaboration, and Corporate Supports
Due to the resourcefulness of the Chapter, they have enjoyed cordial relationship and support from Ogun State Government, particularly the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
The Chapter also enjoyed immense corporate support from Precise Financial Systems, Bluechips Technologies, Lead Resources, Integrated Software Services Ltd, Accenture Nigeria and Ogun State Television.
The list of supporting institutions include: Babcock University, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Crescent University, Abeokuta, African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta, Abeokuta, Egba High School, Asero, Abeokuta, Seolad International School, Mowe, Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode, Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne and Ambassador International School, Ota and a host of other secondary and primary schools.
NCS National Anthem
The State Chapter at the 2018 National IT Merit Award (NITMA) held at the Naval Dockyard, Lagos blazed the trail with the presentation of an anthem written and composed by the current Southwest Coordinator/CPN Representation and former Chairman of the State Chapter, Dr. ‘Bukola Onashoga, which has now been adopted by the national body by the President Prof. Adesina Sodiya.
Emergence of Prof. Adesina Sodiya as the NCS National President
During the period under review, the State Chapter produced the current President of the society, Prof. Adesina Sodiya, during the National Conference held at the Gombe International Conference Centre, Gombe.
Apart from the President, the State Chapter has two other members on the National Executive Council namely: Dr. ‘Bukola Onashoga, Southwest Coordinator/CPN representative and Prof. Oludele Awodele, Chairman, Innovation, Research and Development committee.
The Chapter’s membership size, TechEconomy.ng learned, has increased over the years and has membership spreading across the public/civil service, tertiary institutions and private organizations owing to direct mobilization by our members and other programmes organized by the society.