By Stanley Iwuoha
As the clock ticks faster to the 2020 edition of e-Nigeria, the Nigeria IT flagship event, Federal government appears set to adopt the first hybrid approach that would comprise virtual and physical meeting platforms.
The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mallam Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi said the planning of the annual IT event is expected to be innovation driven and open to novel ideas in tune with the spirit of the moment.
Abdullahi, who spoke at the inauguration of the Local Organising Committee, (LOC) for the 13th edition of the e-Nigeria Conference, Exhibitions and Awards held in Abuja advised the member of the committee to think innovation and open to new ideas as nothing is cast on stone.
“Let us not constrain ourselves to the arrangements we already have, we can do things differently this year. Introduction of new ideas that are different from conference, startup Ouches and master class are welcome. Let us make this 2020 edition different and I am confident you can do it,” he charged.
The international IT conference provides platform for creation of digital awareness, development of appropriate framework and setting of goals to ensure best practices in order to encourage appropriate positioning of Nigeria in the global information society.
The DG said that e-Nigeria is meant to be the Nigeria flagship IT event in every sense and urged the organising committee to ensure that its impact is felt world over.
“we are planning to make this year’s event regional and, we have the opportunity to achieve this, because it is coming at the period when we have pandemic that is making virtual meeting the new normal. This will encourage participation from anywhere,” he said.
He further charged the LOC members to ensure that they plan and execute a highly successful international event that will see participation of participants all over the world.
“The team should be able to plan and execute e-Nigeria that will surpass previous successes recorded, which the IT stakeholders would be proud of.
“I know you have the capabilities that is why your office finds you worthy to be among the LOC,” said the NITDA boss.
In his submission, the Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dr Agu Collins whose department oversees the execution of the conference said, the 13th edition of the conference would be infusion of both virtual and physical platforms due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Describing the 2020 e-Nigeria as “hybrid conference, Dr Agbali stated that people would be able to join the conference anywhere from the world adding that only the speakers, facilitators, resource person and dignitaries would be physically present at the physical venue of the event.
He said the Agency is about to develop a virtual meeting platform that can achieve that.
The proposed theme for this year e-Nigeria which is slated to hold from 24 to 26 November, 2020 is “Towards a National Digital Transformation and Economic Sustainability in Nigeria.”
The theme and the sub themes are derivatives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy and NITDA Roadmaps which are designed to transform Nigeria’s economy to digital with the use of digital technology.