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NITRA’s seminar opens in Lagos

Nigeria Information & Communication Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) said that it has completed all logistics for the hosting of its first international quarterly telecoms seminar series scheduled to open in Lagos tomorrow.
Stakeholders in the nation’s telecoms sector are expected to chart a way forward in deepening the level of local innovations development in the nation’s telecoms industry.
Coming with the theme: “Engendering Local Innovation in the Nigeria’s Telecoms Sector,” the event is scheduled to hold at Westown Hotel, Ikeja Lagos.
Sponsored by Etisalat Nigeria, the event is also enjoying the supports of other players such as Visafone, MTN, Airtel, Glo, Zinox, Signal Alliance, MainOne, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, Teledom Group, Omatek, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), among others.
Endorsed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); National Information Technology Development Agency, the seminar is backed by other industry associations such as the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).
Other supporters to the event include the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), among others.
Speaking in a press statement, NITRA President, Mr. Emmanuel Okonji, said the seminar series has been conceived to create a platform for cross-fertilisation of ideas on topical issues among industry stakeholders both from the public and private sector with a view to proffering solutions to some thorny issues and design templates for leveraging latest development in the industry for growth.
Okonji said “As a body, NITRA’s philosophy is to drive ICT development, through employing a multi-stakeholders approach. As such, we have put this seminar series in place so that, on a quarterly basis, we can partner with key industry stakeholders to examine some salient issues affecting our sector from regulators’, operators’ and end-users’s perspectives”.
On the choice of the theme for the event, Okonji explained: “While the industry has recorded over $32 billion investment, over 142 million active mobile subscriptions as well as over 80 million internet subscriptions till date, it has become pertinent to ask  ourselves: How well have we leveraged local innovations in the industry for the development of the market? Must we continue to rely on foreign innovations to drive the industry?. So, these, among others, are what we expect to explore in this seminar.”

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