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Aziz describes NIMC as a ‘small rock’ in the digital foundation of Nigeria

Expresses Commission’s readiness to partner NCS, other stakeholders

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DG of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has been described as a ‘small rock’ in the digital foundation erupting along emerging new technologies path in Nigeria.

The Director General/CEO of the Commission, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, made the remark in a goodwill message at the recent Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) virtual International Conference.

The DG said that NIMC is prepared to collaborate with all stakeholders in providing an all-inclusive and robust digital identities for all Nigerians.

Speaking on the conference theme: “Emerging Applications and Technologies for industry 4.0”, he said that NIMC is a leading voice of the government, involved in transforming the nation through the implementation of a sustainable and credible identity management system.

“I must congratulate the organizers of the conference and the NCS leadership for choosing this theme which is a new and imminent industry model for smart manufacturing, virtual and digital positioning with greater integration and connectedness of all things.

“It is important to remind us that we are at the threshold of a revolution that will fundamentally change the way we live, work and relate to one another and the revolution is happening at a very great speed.

“We have a lot of catching up to do here in Africa and Nigeria to be part of this change and shift.

“I strongly believe that there are a lot ideas shared here and beyond; a lot of lessons to learned as we strive to adapt and adjust to this range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds together.

“Make no mistake, this fourth industrial revolution 4.0 has presented challenging ideas about what it means to be human with new security concerns, major impacts on business and government.

“The ensuing disruptions and shifts mean that we live in a time where we must employ and regulate these technologies to capture their benefits; exploit the opportunities it presents and also work harder to minimize the great risks it portends for our future”.

Aziz thanked the Nigeria Computer Society for inviting NIMC to speak at the conference and “look forward to more engagements with all stakeholders on how to advance the course of the society, the IT industry in Nigeria and how organization, businesses and individuals can adapt to these current and emerging new technologies”.

“For us in NIMC, we are a small rock in the digital foundation erupting along these emerging new technologies path, and we are ready to collaborate with all stakeholders in providing an all-inclusive and robust digital identities for all”.

TechEconomy.ng can report that the conference discussed the current perspectives and future directions of industry 4.0, as well the effective transformation strategies.

According to the President of NCS, Prof. Adesina Sodiya, “The opportunities and benefits of complete transformation to industry 4.0 were presented at the conference. The developmental implications and relevant of robotics, autonomous design, augmented reality, IOT, big data analytics and artificial intelligent on performance and value chain were also discussed.

“We have indeed made this conference truly international in all ramifications. More than 40% of manuscripts submitted for this conference came from outside this Country. We received articles from all over the world including United Kingdom, Sweden, Iran, Norway, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Africa, Qatar, Slovenia and Australia.

This is the first time in the history of Nigeria Computer Society that selected articles will be published in the Springer indexed Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing.

“We carefully chose top-level technology experts in and outside Nigeria as our speakers.  Some of our speakers came also from Australia, France, UK and Poland”.

He told TechEconomy.ng that the conference provided an international forum for industry experts, researchers, academics, professionals and students from various Information Technology fields and other cross-disciplinary interests in Industrial 4.0.