The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion(NOTAP) successfully held a three-day National Exhibition on Indigenous ICT Output.
The event held at the NOTAP exhibition pavilion was graced by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Ewa represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. (Mrs.) Dere Awosika.
Prof. Ewa applauded the exhibition and participation of both the public and private sectors. He stressed that both sectors need to work together noting that software development has allowed global integration and called for stronger partnership between both sectors in the quest to develop Nigeria.
'' In the partnership process, NOTAP is the key in exhibiting and bringing experts from the private sector to work with us in the public sector and develop Nigeria together'',he emphasised.
Director General of NOTAP, Engr. Umar Bindir decried a situation whereby most software being used in the Nigerian market are imported from overseas. He explained that the exhibition was necessitated by the need to promote and encourage local software developers with the ultimate aim of commercialising their inventions.
In separate goodwill messages, Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Prof. Cleopas Angaye and President, Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) Dr. Jimson Olufuye, commended NOTAP for the initiative.
More than 60 exhibitors who participated in the three-day exhibition advocated for more of such exhibitions in the future.
The event was organised by NOTAP in collaboration with Nestle Nigeria PLC, Julius Berger PLC, Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS),Nigerian Academy of Engineers (NAE), Raw Materials Research & Development Council(RMRDC), Science Equipment Development Institute Enugu (SEDI-E), Nigerian Communication Satellite(NIG COMSAT), Electronic Development Institute (ELDI), Awka,Computer Registration Council of Nigeria (CRCON), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Patent, Trademark & Industrial Designs Registry(FMTI), Directorate of Technical Co-operation in Africa (DTCA) and Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA).
The event which also witnessed the official commissioning of the NOTAP exhibition arena by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, provided a veritable platform for Nigerian software developers at home and in the diaspora to showcase their intellectual outputs and products which will be further promoted by NOTAP for use by the Nigerian public and private sector.
The exhibition was assessed by a team of experts and three exhibitors emerged the best; they are, Access Solution Ltd with Mantraa 360, a banking application software (1st position), Precess Financial Systems with iTeller, a financial application software for micro credit (2nd position) and Libplus Ltd. with Libplus Library Manager, a library management software (3rd position).