By Okoro Chinedu:
Lagos — EXECUTIVES in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector have met in Lagos to discuss problems in the industry and proffer solutions.
The event follows a partnership between Etisalat Nigeria, the mobile network operator, and Thistle Praxis Consulting.
This culminated in the fifth edition of the quarterly sustainable conversations, themed, "ICT for Sustainability Development: Aligning Challenges with Potential."
Notable personalities on the panel of discussants included Founder/Chairman, Digital Africa Consult, Dr Evans Woherem; Special Adviser on ICT Development, Cross River State Government, Odo Effiong; CEO, Level5Labs, Chika Nwobi; CEO, Future Soft Nigeria, Nkemdilim Begho; and Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, Gbenga Sesan.
Conversations at the session will culminate in the publishing of white papers, which would be forwarded to relevant organisations, agencies of government and other stakeholders.
Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Etisalat, Ibrahim Dikko, explained his company"s involvement in the event.
"One of the ways we seek to raise awareness of the importance of securing national development is by sponsoring Sustainable Conversations forums targeted at those who are game changers in their respected sectors; people gathered in this very room today," he said.
Lead Consultant and Chief Executive Officer of Thistle Praxis Consulting, Ini Onuk, noted that technology was an integral part of society and had a huge impact on development. According to her, technology had come to assume increased relevance because of the speed of changes in the present day society.
"It's about time Nigerians started developing apps and innovative technological products that can help make living easier in Nigeria. There are many ICT companies and startup tech companies springing up in Nigeria today and we must define ways to make them sustainable," she said.