The Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) is an umbrella body for journalists reporting Information, Communications, and Technology activities in Nigeria. In a bid to continually promote ICT development in Nigeria, the reporter’s association with great support from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Medallion Data Centre, Access Bank, and Globacom Nigeria Limited to name a few, successfully delivered the second edition of the NITRA ICT Growth Conference 2.0.
This year’s conference with the theme: “Creating A Digital Ecosystem in Nigeria: The Hurdles, The Gains” was held on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Oriental Hotels, Lagos. The event hosted panellists comprising stakeholders in Nigeria’s ICT sector, discussing insightful topics in the various ICT subsectors. At the panel sessions, speakers touched on topics such as “The Roles of Emerging Technologies in Bridging Nigeria’s Digital Divide and Exploring Funding Options for Driving Digital Economy”, Infrastructure as a Ladder to Building a Digital Economy” and “Digital Currencies and the Challenge of Regulation in Emerging Markets.”
In his contribution to the discourse, Mr. Muhammad Rudman, President of NiRA represented by Mr. Destiny Amana on the panel, observed that the digital divide could mean one or two things depending on the prism from which one is seeing it, noting that what is important is for the country to put in place those basics that will guarantee the bridging of such a divide. Mr. Olusegun Akinwunmi, Web Services Administrator (NiRA), and Ms Chetachi Alajuronye, Project Management Officer (NiRA) were other representatives from the .ng Registry. The sessions were brimming with an expansive range of knowledge, and the stakeholders shared the consensus that advancing infrastructural development remained Nigeria’s safest course to building a robust digital economy.