The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) supported by several stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), staged the 2015 edition of the e-Nigeria Conference and Exhibitions under the theme, “Towards an Effective Electoral Process in Nigeria: The Role of ICT Local Content and Information Security”, at the International Conference Centre, Central Area, Abuja between Tuesday 17th to Thursday, 19th November, 2015.
The Conference was declared open by the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON ably represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Adebayo Ipaye. The event attracted other important dignitaries which include the Honourable Minister of Communication, Barr. Adebayo Shittu; Chairman, House Committee on ICT, Hon Onawo Mohammed Ogoshi; Executive Governors of Benue and Anambra States ably represented by Head of Mission, Abuja Chief Edith Mike Jezie and Mrs Joy Idoko respectively; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications, Arc. Sonny S. T. Echono and India High Commissioner to Nigeria, A. R Ghanashyam.
The Conference objectives included the following; an examination of the critical roles of ICT in the delivery of credible elections; leveraging of existing technologies (ICT) for credible elections and sustainable national development;strategies for developing and implementing information security policies for effective electoral processes regulation and monitoring;develop control mechanisms for the protection of indigenous ICT local content that support credible and acceptable electoral processes;set and adopt information security standards for improved high-integrity information dissemination during elections; and promote ICT local content innovations and engage innovators in the process of information security policy development in Nigeria.
The 9th edition of eNigeria Conference and Exhibitions took place from Tuesday, 22nd – Thursday, 24th November 2016 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. The theme of the Conference was ‘’Leveraging ICT Innovation for Economic Diversification’’
The objectives of the 2015 edition included amongst others: to identify options for
partnering with the academia to stimulate ICT-enabled innovation and tech-preneurship; to develop a framework for lowering barriers and improving market conditions for ICT-enabled entrepreneurship and innovation; and to identify pragmatic funding options for ICT-enabled innovation and entrepreneurship among others. Strategic meetings were also held with ICT stakeholders and ICT Directors of Universities/Federal Government Educational Funding Agencies.
Discussions at the conference were focused on the following major themes; Funding ICT Enabled Innovation Projects; Technology, Productivity and Job Creation; Strengthening & EnhancingResilience in Nigerian Cyberspace; IoT: Opportunities, Challenges & Solutions; The Potential of ICT for Public Sector Innovation and Efficiency; Stimulating Nigerian Youth and Women for Tech-preneurship.
The 10th edition of e-Nigeria Conference and Exhibition took place from Tuesday, 7th – Thursday, 9th November 2017 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, under the theme, Fostering Digital Economy through Local Content Development and Effective Regulations.
The objectives of 2017 edition were to encourage indigenous ICT innovation management for national and economic development; position the nation to benefit from emerging technologies; articulate the imperatives of IT for effective service
delivery; outline a roadmap for national ICT skills development and identify entrepreneurial opportunities and regulatory challenges affecting Local Content promotion and adoption. Discussion papers were delivered along the following key areas: Reframing the Public Service, Regulatory Strategies to Ensure Local Content Development, Integrating Government Services and Incentivising Local Content Patronage.
As an outcome of e-Nigeria 2017, NITDA is currently developing strategies for the use of Mobile Position Data for producing new statistical data to support the implementation of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). Other initiatives include frameworks for sustainable Education Technology and Health IT Ecosystems and Standards for Hardware and Software Quality Assurance.