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The Nigeria Association of Computing Students,has pledged to empower a new crop of innovation and creative young men and women in the country .
NACOS National President, Olamilekan Toyeeb Abolade said this at the 3-day national conference event hosted by Chrisland Univereity in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The national conference which features students and computing scholars across Nigeria and beyond in attendance with the theme “Disruptive Innovation for Technology Advancement (DITA’22) .
Abolade said the primary goals of the association was to empower a new crop of innovation and creative young men and women who will add technology value to every sector of the economy and solve real life problems.
He said “as we all know, innovation is a driving force for any economy or nation to prosper in this technology age. NACOS has therefore recognised that this drive needs highly disruptive innovative ideas and systems to make our country a better place”
Abolade hinted that one of the highlights of the conference is the Innovative Challenge in which NACOS has partnered Financial Services Innovators, FSI to make it yet another best in the histiry of the association.
Executive Director, FSI Mrs Aituaz Kola- Oladejo, said the challenge was inspired out of desire to groom young talents in technology.
“We believe that while we begin to groom young talents in technology, we will be able to create employment as well as change the narratives.
To check brain-drain and capital flights among computing professionals in the country, Oladejo urged the Federal Government to provide a kind of fund to innovators in the country.
“What the Western world is providing to them (Nigerian innovators) is the support structures which is lacking in Nigeria”.
“So I appeal to the Nigerian government to provide opportunities to our innovators because no matter great an idea, if there is no financial support, it will not fly”
Oladejo, who admitted that there are huge opportunities for innovation in the country, was also quick in adding that such are not giving to young students to develop application solutions for the country.
She said if Nigeria was really serious about national development, she must build capacity. “That is the only way government could change the narratives”.Oladejo stated.
In his keynote address titled: ” Disruptive Technology for Innovation and Productivity “, Prof Olumide Babatope Longe, Dean Faculty of Computing and Informatics Academy, City University College, Ghana challenged young scholars to come up with computing innovations that will change the country better as well as affect the entire world.
About 60 participants, comprising 12 teams, mainly students are attending the conference during which young innovators will be rewarded with cash gift.
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