While IT deployment and development in Nigeria continues to increase, experiences and benefits of IT and the Internet have largely not been widespread. The most socially and economically excluded such as women, individuals living with disabilities, MSMEs, young people, the poor, the rural populace as a whole are largely digitally excluded. In today's 21st century world, access to the internet, digital devices, and technical skills is however essential for full participation in the society and economy. Despite advances the fact that many are unable to realize their potential in the digital world is a big obstacle to development.
Digital activity has increased but digital impact lags behind. Irrespective of how impressive the goals and level of investment, IT initiatives in the absence of inclusion continue to reinforce inequalities and hinder overall tech enabled development. Improving inclusion is not an end in itself, but is required most critically at this time to ensure leverage on IT to significantly improve healthcare, poverty reduction, job creation, education, governance and food security.
With a focus on relevance and enabling valued driven impact, the conference will address practical realities and needs, best practices, emerging issues, innovation, stakeholder roles and future sustainability. Digital inclusion is particularly important as the urgent need to diversify the economy away from dependence on oil and improve economic performance becomes more important. Join NCS in developing and setting the national digital inclusion agenda.
Digital Inclusion: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies
Victor Phikparobo Idonor
Founder and Director General of Cyber Security Challenge Nigeria (CYSEC NG)
Victor Idonor is a cyber-security expert with core focus in Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment. He is a cyber security consultant to various companies across several sectors and government agencies in Nigeria, West Africa, UK and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Idonor holds a degree in Cyber security science from the Federal University of Technology, Minna. He is the Founder and Director General of Cyber Security Challenge Nigeria (CYSEC NG) – first and largest offensive premier hacking challenge conference in Africa with focus of developing skilled youths and young professionals towards National security.
A certified practical hands-on ethical hacking and penetration facilitator, instructor and team
lead, an entrepreneur and technology strategist. He has various certifications in both physical security and information security. He is the founder and CEO of Upgraded Era Solutions Limited, an ICT and Cyber Security Solutions consultancy company in Nigeria. He has appeared as a speaker, trainer, facilitator, instructor and key stake holder in lot of industry and government stakeholder organized cyber security conferences, seminars, workshops and practical training with live hacking sessions. He has participated in various remote projects across the globe. He is also currently a member of the Expert Group by the Nigeria Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime.
Professor Patience Akpan-Obong
Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Arizona State University
Professor Patience Akpan-Obong teaches at Arizona State University, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Carleton University, also in Canada.Though a political scientist and journalist by training, Prof. Akpan-Obong’s scholarship focuses on the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as tools for development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Her research in this area is widely published, and her books include:Issues and Concepts of E-governance in Nigeria – A Readerco-edited with Prof. Charles Ayo and Dr. Ayodele Adebiyi (2016); Six Years of E-Governance in Edo State, Nigeria: A Study of the Edo State Information and Communication Technology Agency, 2009-2015(2016); Information Technologies in the Nigerian Public Sector: E-Governance Practice in Federal Government Institutions in Abuja(2017); Letters to Nigeria: Journal of an African Woman in America(2013); and Information and Communication Technologies in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges for Development(2009).
Besides teaching and research, Prof. Akpan-Obong also engages in practice and policy-related activities such as the Covenant University Conference on E-governance in Nigeria (CUCEN). She was also a member of the Implementation Committee of the Proposed ICT University of Nigeria, and the Global Facilitator for the technology services company, MUNIO Consultants & Associates.
Intel Software Innovator
Tejumade Afonja is co-organizer of AI Saturdays Lagos and an Intel Innovator for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) in Nigeria. A software developer, she holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. She is also working to promote building up the AI community, for both men and women, in Nigeria. Tejumade looks forward to, and advocates leverage on knowledge of AI to solve some of Nigeria’s most challenging problems including traffic control, government accountability, power supply, and better infrastructure. She is committed to advancing knowledge and expertise in AI. Through AI Saturdays, a community of AI enthusiasts and other initiatives, Tejumade contributes towards building Nigeria’s AI community - "building the neXt Billion AI Practitioners".
Victoria Etim Bassey
Software Developer at SystemSpecs
Victoria Etim Bassey is a Software Developer and an aspiring Data Scientist. She strongly believes that passion drives creativity and creativity is the mother of all invention.
She currently works with Systemspecs Limited as a Java Developer where she develops the reporting module of Systemspecs’ flagship product Remita.
Victoria holds a Bachelor in Information Technology from the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, U.K.
She has spent the last decade transcending the technology space in Nigeria from training both young and old students in Web Design, Java and Databases as a Faculty member of an IT Institution to excelling in the Fintech space as a hands-on Software Developer.
She is also passionate about Girls in Technology and has at some point volunteered to educate young girls in technology for W.TEC, a Nigerian non-governmental organization committed to empowering girls and women in Information and Communication Technologies. Victoria loves to sing and listen to music.
She hopes to travel the world mostly experiencing diverse people, their culture, food and shopping.
She now works towards becoming a great Data Scientist and believes in a greater tomorrow.
Professor Charles Korede Ayo (Ph.D)
Director of the eGovernment and eBusiness Research Centre and former Vice Chancellor of Covenant University
Professor Charles Korede Ayo holds a B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D in Computer Science. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, between 2012 and 2016. He has supervised about 200 postgraduate projects at Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and Ph.D levels, and has about 200 publications in scholarly journals and conference proceedings.
Professor Ayo is currently the Director of the eGovernment and eBusiness Research Centre of Covenant University. The Centre has some products that are ready for deployment. They include ePolling System, eDemocracy, amongst others and the eVoting system is ongoing.
Professor Ayo is a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar and an Awardee of Ford Foundation for Teaching and Innovations. He is well reputed Nationally and Internationally in the areas of application electronic and mobile technologies to governance, business, education and health among others. According to the 2017 rating of researchers globally by Scopus (Scival), Prof. Ayo is ranked the number one (1) researcher in the world in the area of Governance, Electronic Governance and Democratic Governance.
He is happily married to Moji and bless with wonderful children.
Mr. Ezekiel Oyeniyi Ajao
Executive Director (Business Development) at the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS)
'Niyi Ajao is the Executive Director (Business Development) at the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS). He served as Executive Director (Technology & Operations) for 4 years prior to this. He joined NIBSS as Deputy General Manager (Operations) in 2001 following 10 years in IT roles in commercial banking in Nigeria where he left as AGM and Head, IT.
At NIBSS, he has played leading roles in the development and subsequent operations of the Nigeria Automated Clearing System, Nigeria Central Switch, NIBSS Instant Payments and other shared-service initiatives of the financial services industry.
‘Niyi has played leading roles in the modernization of the Nigeria payment system and serves as the Financial Inclusion Thematic Group Lead of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) Financial Inclusion & Financial Management Policy Commission.
He had in the past taught Computer Sciences at the University of Lagos as Associate Lecturer, and Mathematics & Computer Sciences at Olabisi Onabanjo University as Assistant Lecturer before joining banking.
He holds the B.Sc.(Computer Science & Economics, combined honours) degree and MBA of University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University), and M.Sc.(Computer Sciences) degree of the University of Lagos.
He is a Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society(NCS) and member of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria(CPN)
Andrew Agbo Abu
Founder/CEO, Young Innovators Of Nigeria
Andrew Abu is a serial entrepreneur and tech advocate, he has worked in technology based roles since 2010, creating channels for IT to interface with businesses. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (University of Jos) ,as well as Executive management course in Electronic Health (McMaster University Canada) and Technology Entrepreneurship from the African Management Initiative.
A digital literacy advocate, he is currently focused on building the Nigerian eco system that supports IT entrepreneurship and startups . He currently serves on the Board of two startups companies. He recently led the team of young innovators to conduct the state of IT skills gaps research in Nigeria among other research work in related areas.
He has worked with various National committees like Nigerian Research Education Network (NgRen), e-Nigeria Conference, Aso Villa Demo Day, Annual Nigeria Computer Society conference Committee (LOC) Member. He was awarded the High Tech Entrepreneur and Innovator of the year 2014 by the High-tech Center for Nigeria women and Youths.
Andrew is a member of the Nigeria Computer Society and the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria. He is a certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), EC-Council System security Analyst (ECSA) and Licensed Penetration Tester(LPT) all from the EC-Council.
His was elected National Assistant secretary General of the largest students ICT association (NACOSS) in 2012. Andrew supports early stage startups in the Nigerian technology ecosystem.
Ms. Funke Opeke, is founder and CEO of MainOne. MainOne is a broadband infrastructure services provider that built West Africa’s first privately owned, open-access submarine cable system interconnecting Lagos, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; and Seixal, Portugal in 2010. In January 2015, the company launched operations of MDXi - West Africa’s largest commercial Tier III data center, and in Nov 2015, it launched a submarine cable extension from Lagos into Kribi, Cameroon.
Main One has grown to become the leading provider of Wholesale and Enterprise connectivity and data center services across the West African region and the company partners with major global technology companies to deliver services to its customers. The company continues to grow its footprint with major network interconnection facilities, extensive terrestrial fiber build out, regional Points of presence, and delivery of services into 8 countries in West Africa.
Otunba APS Arogundade
co-founder and current Managing Directorof Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited (SIDMACH)
Otunba APS Arogundade is a co-founder and current Managing Directorof Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited (SIDMACH). Prior to this, he had at various times held the positions of Executive Director Finance and Admin, Executive Director Sales and Marketing, Executive Director ICT Infrastructure, and Executive Director Software Solutions.
In 2017, SIDMACH, the company he leads, was awarded the “Best Indigenous Software Company of the Year”and “Technology Information Hub of the Year”at the Beacon of ICT Awards 2017. Awards. Recently, Business Day Newspaper recognized SIDMACH as one of the “Most Innovative in Education”. In 2016, Technology Africa recognized SIDMACH as the “Most Innovative Education Solutions Provider of the Year” during its “Titans of Technology Awards” among several other awards. Whilst the Managing Director was himself conferred with the award of the “Man of the Year” at the Beacon of ICT Awards 2017.
Prior to SIDMACH, he worked in various organizations such as NITEL, Unilever, Consolidated Ace Ltd, Shell Petroleum and Data Sciences. He is a graduate of the prestigious University of Lagos with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is a Fellow of Nigeria Computer Society of Nigeria(FNCS); Fellow, Institute of Management Consultant, Management Consultant and Fellow, Association of Corporate Governance Professionals of Nigeria. He is also aMember of Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria(MCPN) and Member of Nigerian Institute of Directors (M. IoD).
Mr. Dauda Kunle Kolawole
Special Assistant on ICT to Oyo State Governor
Mr. Dauda Kunle Kolawole is a 1988 graduate of Computer Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
His working experience cuts across corporate and multinational companies as a programmer/system analyst, systems sales/support engineer and Chief Executive Officer of Kolak Advanced Global Technology Limited, Cosmic Systems Limited and Kolak Nig. Enterprises, all of which are provid8ng ICT solutions to companies using state-of-the-art technology.
He was the former State Publicity Secretary of the defunct Action Congress Of Nigeria (ACN) that transformed to All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State Chapter.
He is a Two term Special Assistant on ICT to Oyo State Governor, H.E. Sen. Abiola Ajimobi.