Covenant University ICT Conference On E-Governance In Nigeria (CUCEN), 2015
In a frenzy of activities and excitement, faculty, staff and the entire Covenant University community prepare expectantly for the University’s annual ICT conference, 2015.
The information revolution, in conjunction with the unprecedented diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), have been widely hailed as ‘Africa’s revolution’ (http://cucen.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/). Optimism about the contributions of ICTs to African development is most pervasive in the context of governance. The expectation is that these technologies will enhance the capacity of State Institutions to bridge the gap between Political Leaders and the Governed. This has resulted in many “e-governance” or “e-government” projects and programmes in many African countries. However, for many, e-governance is understood as the presence of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on static and stale websites.
Nigeria presents an interesting case for an understanding of e-governance in Africa because of its vast population, increased ICT diffusion and the equally high level of corruption in government practices in the country.
These are the issues that prompted the establishment of the annual Covenant University Conference on E-Governance in Nigeria (CUCEN). The conference is organized by the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
CUCEN provides a platform for academics, researchers, policymakers and industry practitioners to discuss these issues from various perspectives with the specific purpose of bridging theory and practice. It would also be a platform for strategizing pathways toward effective utilization of ICTs for good governance, civic engagement and participation, particularly, in the context of emerging democracies.
While speaking with the facilitator, Professor (Mrs.) Patience Akpan-Obong last week, in Canaan Land, Ota, this reporter gathered that the event, which is scheduled to hold between the 10th -13th of June, 2015, will be packed with various paper presentations and breakout discussion sessions.
The erudite Professor, described the event as a very critical one to the all-round development of Nigeria and Africa as a whole. She emphasized that the array of speakers were drawn from various areas of the industry, in other to ensure thorough representation.
According to her, “This year's theme is, “E-Governance in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges for Civic Engagement and Participation.’ I am the conference facilitator for the second year. This is the premier conference that would address everything e-government in Nigeria. The keynote speakers include high profile scholars and professionals drawn from different fields.”
On the question of sponsorship for the event, Professor Akpan-Obong urged private and public sector organizations, “Please be part of it. There are many ways to do so, such as being a presenter, research and policy papers are still being accepted; a resource person – chairing panels or guiding discussion sessions as a discussant; and a participant – in an e-government training workshop that precedes the main conference and in the main conference. One can also choose to sponsor the event by providing material support for the conference, e.g. provision of conference materials and refreshments. All sponsors will be acknowledged in the conference programme. This is a win-win arrangement. You put your name and/or the name of your business/organization out there while supporting a great effort.”
Answering the question on who should attend the conference, she said, “Academics, Political Scientists, Researchers, Political Office Holders, Ministers, Commissioners and Special Advisers in all States in Nigeria, Staff of Ministries and government agencies, Interest Groups in Nigeria, members of Political Parties, representatives of Media Houses, Civil Servants, ICT Experts, Professionals from the private and public sectors, and anyone interested in E- governance.”
For more information please contact: Patience Akpan-Obong, Ph.D. on email: Patience.Akpan@asu.edu. Or Prof. Adekunle Amuwo, Chairman, Conference Organizing Committee, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. Phone: 08140805985 or Moses Duruji, Ph.D., HOD, Political Science and International Relations, on firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: +234-803-713-4809, 809-277-8867