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NITMA 2020 to award Digital Governor of the year as Pantami receives IT Gold Merit Award

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L-r: Executive Secretary, Iyiola Ayoola; Deputy President, Dr. Muhammad Aliyu; President, Prof. Adesina Sodiya and Chairman, Publicity, Events & Trade Services Committee, Olufemi Williams, all from Nigeria Computer Society, during a press conference on NITMA 2020

Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), has announced plans to reward tremendous use and application of IT in governance to deserving executive Governors, during this year’s National Information Technology Merit Awards.

This was disclosed by the President of NCS, Prof. Adesina Sodiya, during a press conference held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 on the forthcoming NITMA 2020.

He said that in line with the advocacy efforts of NCS to achieve sustainable development, and promoting digital economy in Nigeria through Information Technology, NCS promotes excellence and significant impact.

Annually the Nigeria Computer Society recognizes, celebrates and rewards outstanding excellence and exceptional contributions in the Information Technology field through the unique national platform NITMA provides.

“Our focus as a society is progress for the sector in particular and for the nation as a whole. As the acknowledged professional authority facilitating the development of an inclusive, globally competitive, prosperous and knowledge-based digital economy in Nigeria, NCS is committed to recognizing and rewarding outstanding hard work and excellence in accelerating IT development.

“In choosing the awards, the key areas and issues affecting growth in the sector and society are addressed.

“For all awards, key criteria include IT specialisations, NCS standards and global best practices.

Nominees for the prestigious Digital Governor of the year award are:

  1. His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu, Executive Governor of Lagos State
  2. His Excellency, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Executive Governor, Sokoto State.
  3. His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Executive Governor, Delta State.

IT Gold Merit Award

NCS has also introduced IT Gold Merit Award under NITMA.

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“This award is giving to Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy for his innovative ideas towards moving IT to the next level.

“Other individuals and organizations will be recognized and honoured with Special Recognition Awards for their undeniable and huge contributions in the IT and related areas”, the President of NCS said.

Professional Fellowship

Earlier, Prof. Sodiya said that the Professional fellowships will be conferred on members of NCS who are recognized as authorities in their field of computing and have distinguished themselves through significant contribution to the growth of Information Technology through their professional expertise and activities.

“Honourary Fellowship will be conferred on distinguished personalities for their dedication and exemplary service to IT growth and development in Nigeria.

The honourary fellowship awardees are.

  1. His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State
  2. His Excellency, Dr. Bello Mohammad Matawalle, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State.
  3. Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, CEO First Bank of Nigeria Ltd and Subsidiaries.
  4. Professor Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

IT Personality of the Year

The IT Personality Year Award also known as the NCS President’s award will be given.

“NCS will acknowledge and celebrate individuals that have excelled in our tech sector during the year”, he said.

In 2020, nominees for this most prestigious award are:

  1. Ayotunde Coker – CEO, Rack Centre.;
  2. Niyi Toluwalope, CEO etranzact and
  3. Bimbo Abioye MD/CEO Fintrak Ltd

Voting for the categories of awards ends on November 24, 2020.

He said that the award which holds next week at Muson Centre in Lagos will operate in strict obedience and adherence to COVID-19 protocols hence the attendance is being controlled and is strictly by invitation.

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