The President of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Prof David O. Adewunmi, has commended the University of Ilorin for promoting high quality research that is relevant to the needs of the community and industries in Nigeria in particular and humanity in general.
Prof. Adewunmi gave this commendation last Wednesday (May 6, 2015) while giving his Welcome Address at a Research and Development Workshop organised by the NCS at the University of Ilorin.
While appreciating the University administration for supporting the NCS, Prof. Adewunmi said, “Without mincing words, we appreciate the management of University of Ilorin, especially the Vice-Chancellor, Prof AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), for his wonderful support in making this event a reality”.
The NCS President, who was represented at the occasion by his Vice-President, Prof. G.A. Aderounmu, listed the objectives of the Society to include: promotion of Information Technology education and training; encouragement of Information Technology research and development, fostering integrity and professionalism in the practice of computing; promotion and protection of members’ professional interests and advising members, governments and other authorities as well as the general public on national and international policy matters affecting the computer industry and its professionals.
While welcoming participants to the Workshop, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), who was represented by the Director, Computer Services and Information Technology Directorate (COMSIT), Prof. M. I. Ahmed, noted that there cannot be true development without Information and Information Technology.
Prof. Ambali said, “It is impossible to witness social and economic growth in the emerging information age without discovering relevant technology that can be used to derive economic value from the abundant information”.
Noting that the pursuit of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) is to achieve an all-inclusive information society on the platform of ICT as a means of achieving major global development goals, the Vice-Chancellor said, “it has been globally revealed that highly developed ICT is a sine-qua-non for attainment and sustenance of global relevance of every nation”.
He commended the leadership initiative of the NCS in creating an enabling environment for researchers and experts in ICT to be more productive and therefore urged participants to make good use of the opportunity.
In his own address on the occasion, the Dean, Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin, Prof J.S. Sadiku, recalled the rapid changes computer has brought to all spheres of our lives, stressing that nobody can do any meaningful research without the use of Information Technology tools.
Prof. Sadiku said, “It is in realisation of this that the University, in 2012, formulated a research policy to ensure that an agreed framework exists for researches in the university”, adding that the workshop was coming at the right time so that people can become more aware of the extent of research.