The first-ever NCS Artificial Intelligence Summit is held in Nasarawa. See date, location, speakers – TechEconomy.ng


The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the largest and most important professional association in the Nigerian technology sector, has announced that Nasarawa will be the host state for its first-ever artificial intelligence summit, reports TechEconomy.ng.

NCS is the umbrella body for all information technology practitioners, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria.

Currently with over twenty thousand highly skilled and committed members in the private and public sectors, NCS remains at the center of IT development in Nigeria.

Speaking at a press conference where the AI ​​Summit was announced, Professor Adesina Sodiya, President of NCSsaid the program holding From Wednesday March 23 to Friday March 25, 2022 at Aliyu Akwe-Doma Banquet Hall, Lafia, Nassarawa State capital, falls under one of the main objectives of the NCS which is to “promote the adoption of information technology and rapid national development using emerging technologies”.

Professor Adesina Sodiya meets Governor Abdullahi Sule

He said, “NCS has always been committed to vigorously pursuing this goal for the benefit of our nation.”

Sodiya said artificial intelligence, which involves the development of digital systems and technologies that mimic human capabilities and capabilities in problem solving and decision making, has become a leading technology today.

Artificial intelligence, he said, currently presents enormous opportunities, leading to breakthroughs in all spheres of life. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming every segment of the global economy.

“AI is expected to profoundly reshape our nation’s social and economic landscape, and will definitely spark innovations and drive creative solutions in areas such as agriculture, medicine, transportation, finance, education, etc.

“Individuals, businesses and governments must seize the opportunities of AI for competitive advantage and rapid national development.”

The NCS Chairman added that AI has a new set of tools that are currently revolutionizing the whole world. Nigeria must therefore give it due consideration for effective transformation towards the digital economy and effective business operations.

“AI is an accelerator of innovation and has the power to bring about big changes in Nigeria.

Recent research has estimated that artificial intelligence will provide several trillions of dollars in global economic growth and Nigeria stands to benefit immensely.

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Lr: Prof. Awodele Oludele, Chairman, Credentials Committee; Ms. Shulammite Ilebiyi, Chair of NCS Audit Committee; Dr. Charles Onyeukwu, Chair, Ethics Committee; Engineer Iyiola Ayoola, Executive Secretary; Teacher. Adesina Sodiya, President; Dr. Muhammad Sirajo Aliyu, Vice President; Dr. Florence Babalola, Chair, NCS Education and Workforce Development Committee; National Executive Council Member Olorunyomi Segun Omotayo and South East Ex-Officio Dr. Stanley Adiele Okolie at the press conference to announce the 2022 NCS Artificial Intelligence Summit

“However, the development and adoption of artificial intelligent technology is still at a slow pace in Nigeria. One of the main objectives of NCS is to promote all areas of information technology and has launched this summit to lead development of AI in Nigeria”.

NCS Artificial Intelligence Summit Objectives:

Speaking further, Sodiya said that the Artificial Intelligence Summit provides a platform for bringing together BigTech, Start-ups, investors and relevant organizations.

“This creates an opportunity to leverage global advancements in AI for national development. Network with international organization on AI development. This is a platform to increase adoption of AI. in public and private organizations; developing AI talent; showcasing indigenous AI skills; promoting AI education and research, among other goals.

“What is most remarkable about the summit are the unprecedented opportunities for personal development, networking, partnership, recognition and advocacy. It’s hard to find a summit that will give you unique AI interaction and networking experiences.

“Attendees should expect incredible opportunities to exchange new AI ideas, gain new insights, build relationships with stakeholders, promote IT professionalism, share best practices, set standards, develop business or research relationships and finding global partners for future collaborations. Manufacturers, industry experts. academics, professionals, innovators, service providers, researchers, suppliers, consultants, students, young innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as policy makers in government and business people will come together to connect for the good of our nation.

“It will be a platform for strong interactions with AI experts around the world,” he promised.

Confirmed dignitaries are:

  • Yemi Osibajo, Vice President, Fed. Republic of Nigeria
  • Sule Abdulahi, Executive Governor, Nasarawa State
  • Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) Hon. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy
  • Oghonaya Onu, Hon. Minister of Science and Technology
  • State Governors
  • Inuwa Kachifu, CEO NITDA
  • Oumar Danbatta – Executive Vice President, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

Dr. Muhammad Sirajo Aliyu, the Vice President of NCS, revealed that the Society plans to make the summit an annual event “due to the critical nature of AI in today’s economy. So we need to remember and raise awareness more people to convert to the AI ​​ecosystem.

In his comment, Dr. Charles Onyeukwu​, Chair of the NCS Ethics Committeeemphasized the need to go back to the roots of AI and push things forward.

“Other economies are demonstrating the potential of AI. We cannot be left behind,” he said. “But it requires a lot of partnership between stakeholders. AI is about practice, not rhetoric, and we need to prepare for the coming 5th Industrial Revolution, driven by emerging technologies. »

Ms. Shulammite Ilebiyi, Chair of NCS Audit Committee, said: “It’s something close to my heart. Nigeria must not catch up on AI issues.

“Dubai is boosting rain with AI, others have overtaken agriculture; Smart cities are popping up every day. We need to address the challenges posed by COVID-19 to address some of our key issues, such as in the sector of health.

“There is a need for more grants to enable startups to bring some of these AI outcomes to Nigeria,” she pleaded.

On his side, Dr. Florence Babalola, Chair, NCS Education and Workforce Development Committeesaid that the Summit is part of the Society’s continued advocacy for digitalization in the country “and that this Summit in the central north is a way to send the message that IT should us give an advantage in the fight against insecurity”.

During this time, Teacher. Awodele Oludele, Chair, Society Credentials Committeecalled for deviating from actions that lead to brain drain.​

In his words, “This AI Summit is one of the best ways to leverage the brains we have in Nigeria. We cannot continue to export good brains and import finished products. »

“We need to develop more AI labs to train and retrain,” he added.

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Lr: Olamilekan Abolade, National President, Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOS); NCS: Prof. Awodele Oludele, Chairman, Credentials Committee; Ms. Shulammite Ilebiyi, Chair of NCS Audit Committee; Dr. Charles Onyeukwu, Chair, Ethics Committee; Engineer Iyiola Ayoola, Executive Secretary; Teacher. Adesina Sodiya, President; Dr. Muhammad Sirajo Aliyu, Vice President; Dr. Florence Babalola, Chair, NCS Education and Workforce Development Committee; National Executive Council Member Olorunyomi Segun Omotayo and South East Ex-Officio Dr. Stanley Adiele Okolie at the press conference to announce the 2022 NCS AI Summit

The press conference which had Dr Stanley Adiele Okolie, South East Ex-Officio, NCSwas hosted by Engineer Iyiola Ayoola, Executive Secretary of NCS who encouraged members of the Society to register for the Summit.

“NCS is delighted to be hosting the first-ever Artificial Intelligence Summit in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Nasarawa State Government. NCS is committed to delivering an impactful and fulfilling summit. We are sure that this summit will significantly transform Nasarawa State and Nigeria as a whole into a more prosperous state.

“The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) remains committed to IT development in Nigeria, and one of its main objectives is to develop strategies to solve all the challenges associated with the reliable deployment of information technology in our country,” said said Ayoola.

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