Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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e-NIGERIA 2020: NITDA INAUGURATES LOC

Every year the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) looks forward to participating in the e-Nigeria conference and being a member of the Local Organising Committee. On 2nd October 2020, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) inaugurated the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 13th edition of the e-Nigeria Conference, Exhibitions and Awards, the flagship IT event in the country. The proposed theme for the year 2020 e-Nigeria which is slated to hold from 24th to 26th November 2020 is "Towards a National Digital Transformation and Economic Sustainability in Nigeria." The theme and the sub-themes are derivatives from 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.

eNigeria, the international IT conference provides a platform for the creation of digital awareness, development of the appropriate framework, and set of goals to ensure best practices in order to encourage appropriate positioning of Nigeria in the global information society.

Dr. Usman Abdullahi, the Director, Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions, represented Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, the NITDA Director-General, at the inaugural meeting.

He said, "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 a pandemic that is making virtual meeting the new normal. This will encourage participation from anywhere".

The LOC members were advised to ensure that they plan and execute a highly successful international event. Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi , the DG advised the members to be innovative and open to new ideas as nothing is cast on stone. The Chief Research Officer, Dr Muhammed Agbali who spoke on behalf of 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 an infusion of both virtual and physical platforms due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Describing the 2020 e-Nigeria as a hybrid conference, Dr Agbali stated that people would be able to join the conference from anywhere in the world and only the speakers, facilitators, resource person and dignitaries would be physically present at the physical venue of the event.

Nigerians are looking forward to the hybrid conference. NiRA would be at the event with its Accredited Registrars.