ABUJA, June 28, 2019: The new age is typified by the speed of technological breakthroughs, the pervasiveness of scope and the tremendous impact of new systems in any economy.
Therefore, investing in digital infrastructure is one of the fastest ways to transform a country‘s society and its economy, as the development of such infrastructure is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The aforementioned subtly sums up the position of speakers at the Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria [CPN] IT Assembly 2019, held at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, recently.
As former Group Managing Director/CEO, Zenith Bank Plc., Mr. Peter Amangbo, in his keynote address to the IT Assembly stressed the need for improved investments in the Digital Infrastructure to as means to get the country positioned in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Executive Director, Zenith Bank Plc., Maitama Branch, Mr. Umar Ahmed, represented the Keynote Speaker whose presentation dwelt on‘Digital Infrastructure: Defining the Next Step; a Financial Services Perspective‘.
He said that the new era is going to witness shifts of monumental proportion, enabled by the convergence of the physical environment and digital space – driven by ubiquitous connectivity, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, and cloud computing, combining to enable the "Internet of Things".
"It may not be heavily prevalent in our local environment currently, but this wind of change is intensifying. It will bring massive disruptions to the traditional ways we have been doing things.
"Making the appropriate investments and adjustments is key to our relevance in the global economy of the future. One major area to invest is in digital infrastructure both at the public and enterprise levels.
"The enabling environment for entrepreneurship and development of start ups should also be created through progressive regulation of sector players.
"Access to finance will also spur the growth of digital infrastructure entrepreneurs.
"Collaboration between the public sector and private sector players is paramount. While we may consider it appropriate for businesses to compete, we must also collaborate to collectively break new frontiers and maximise the opportunities that digitalisation offers".
He earlier identified the strategic areas for digital infrastructure investment to guide the country‘s digital transformation.
The President of the Nigeria Computer Society, Professor Adesola Aderounmu, also aligned his thoughts with the keynote speaker‘s speech.
He said that the IT sector has kept its trajectory of organic evolution and revolution going forward in Nigeria and the entire word because it is a unique industry where change, innovation and transformation are constant phenomena shaping the present and defining the future.
Prof. Aderounmu reminded the professionals that technology trend are relentlessly evolving at the speed of the future, such that they must all keep up with the trends or risk missing the train.
"So, it is instructive that the chosen theme for this year‘s edition of CPN IT Assembly echoes the national mantra of the new government that has just been inaugurated at the Federal level.
"The new national government‘s thematic slogan is Next Level in governance, while CPN‘s chosen theme for this Assembly is Digital Infrastructure: Defining the Next Level. One quick inference from this thematic coincidence is that the IT industry practitioners in Nigeria must continue to be digital light bearers showing the right path to sustainable national development and secured future through ICT.
Speaking on this year‘s Assembly that has as its theme, "Digital Infrastructure: Defining the Next Step", the President of CPN, Professor Charles Uwadia, said that the impact Information Technology has had on our national life cannot be over emphasized.
He further noted that infrastructure, for example, has always been important to a nation‘s economic growth and success, but the infrastructure needed for today‘s economy is rapidly changing with advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).
"This new infrastructure is critical to delivering the next wave of innovation and economic growth to all nations. This is because the development of any nation is usually measured by the degree and extent of growth in the socio cultural, socio economic, and political spheres, which are all today enabled and driven by Information Technology".
Prof. Uwadia also commended the Federal Government over the approval for the implementation of a ‘White paper on Scheme of Service for Computer Professional Cadre in the Public Service‘.
This is coming thirteen years after recommendations to that effect were made by the National Council on Establishments.
Meanwhile, the CPN IT Assembly 2019 also witnessed the induction of 318 new members.
CPN was established by Act No 49 of 1993. The Act was passed into law on 10th of June and gazetted on the 9th of August that year.
It is a regulatory body charged with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing profession and practice in Nigeria in line with Section 1 (2) of the Act, and is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education.