The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the umbrella body for all Information Technology practitioners, has called on the Federal Government to reform some existing regulatory frameworks that are no longer suitable for today’s digital economy.
This was contained in a communiqué raised at its 15th International Conference under the theme: “Emerging Applications & Technologies for Industry 4.0”.
NCS comprises of various interest groups in the ICT industry namely:
- Information Technology Systems & Security Professionals (ITSSP),
- Academia in Information Technology Profession (AITP),
- Nigerian Women in Information Technology (NiWIIT),
- Nigerian Information Technology Professionals in Civil Service (NITPCS),
- Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON),
- Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), and
- the National Association of Computing Students (NACOS).
The President of NCS, Professor Adesina Sodiya who signed the communique obtained by TechEconomy.ng, said that the conference provided a forum for policy makers and other stakeholders from different sectors of the economy (private and public) to deliberate on critical issues regarding the challenges posed to conventional computing systems due to high volume of data being generated by new computing devices such as mobile phones, Intelligent Systems, IoT, Big Data Analytics, Robotics, Cloud Computing, as well as Blockchain Technologies with very high configurations and at very high speed and performance.
This year’s conference was held virtually due to the novel Covid-19 pandemic and was well attended by 847 participants from within and outside Nigeria including 477 candidates that were inducted into the Society.
Also, the Chairman, Conferences Committee, Mr. Ayodeji Rex Abitogun, said that participants also emphasized the need for The Conference also provided opportunities for stakeholders to appreciate further the enabling tendencies of Information Technology tools in driving the 21st century and surmount its attendant challenges brought about by the 4th Industrial Revolution.
After the plenary sessions, paper presentations, parallel sessions and exhaustive deliberations, the following resolutions were reached towards sustainable deployment of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Nigeria:
- With the reality that digital technology has changed the face of business across the globe due to convergence of IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics among other evolutions, NCS urged government to implement policies capable of enabling smart technologies for a quantum leap into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
- Government should strive to reform regulatory frameworks that are no longer suitable for today’s digital economy
- Key government services such as Education, Healthcare need to be online as this will improve adoption of Forth Industrial Revolution across sectors.
- That Nigeria Computer Society must work with relevant government agencies including state and local governments to provide nationwide advocacy on implementation of emerging applications and current technologies in a bid to becoming one of top industrialized nations in the world.
- The conference recognised data as the heart of Forth Industrial Revolution, thus emphasized the effect of a compromised data which can affect factors of production and subsequently the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It therefore called on policy makers to render adequate support to relevant agencies towards appropriate regulations in this regard.
- The conference recognised Government’s effort in making Right of Way (ROW) accessible and affordable to service providers for effective proband penetration. It strongly condemns taxing technology providers on RoW as it is be a major impediment to the Digital Economy Strategy.
- Government should shape a business environment that allows operators to roll out Broadband to last mile and facilitate access to public sector sites that allows operators to deploy network equipment rather than investing in interstate fibre projects.
- In a related development, conference urge government to classify internet access as a fundamental right of the citizens in other achieve the fourth industrial revolution.
- Our industries are challenged to embrace smart technologies leveraging on Cyber Physical Systems to provide critical services in critical sector of the economy including Energy supply, Health care, Traffic management and predictive maintenance in manufacturing sector.
- It was resolved that stakeholders must work with governments and other international organisations to combat insecurity through data exchange and information sharing. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence can be deployed to track Money Laundering (ML) activities, Citizen engagement and participation and gather security intelligence.
- With the evolution of Industry 4.0 applications and emerging technologies disrupting industries at exponential rates, NCS endures all stakeholders to set necessary machineries in motion towards improving nation’s infrastructure. NCS agrees to support our regulatory agencies in quick elimination of unsafe and unreliable digital gateways in a bid to create sound trust in the ecosystem and enabling innovations and economic growth.
- The conference recognised the role of our Financial Institutions in achieving digital economy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Financial Service Operators working with regulators are however challenged to employ emerging technologies such as Blockchain technology in banking services especially in error resolution.
- The conference advocates for close collaboration between the Industry and Academia leveraging on network of Nigeria Computer Society members across the country to help bridge the gap in digital skills and provide train the trainer programme for lecturers and professionals.
- NCS calls for improved Public Private Partnership (PPP) in capacity building and development towards achieving the new methods of governance in the era of Industry 4.0. It promises to continue to support NITDA and other relevant government agencies in making digital services available for Nigerians at reasonable costs and in both urban and rural areas.
- The conference recognised the strength of youths in nation building. The conference charged the Nigeria Computer Society to work with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in developing a capacity building programme targeted at One million youths across the country on digital literacy for economic prosperity, wealth creation and employment opportunities within the next one year.
- Corporate organisations are also challenged to work with our tertiary institutions to design a system for internship and job placements for students to help bridge the gap between the industry job requirements and academic knowledge.
The conference was well attended by 847 participants from within and outside Nigeria including 477 candidates that were inducted into the Society.