TechPlus 2017 Begins, Communications Minister Highlights Focus of 6 New ICT Universities

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T1 (L-R) Co-Founder/Group Executive Director, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, Managing Director, Connect Marketing Services, Tunji Adeyinka, Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, General Manager TechPlus, Taiwo Oyewole and the Executive Director, Connect Marketing Services, Tosin Omoyajowo at the opening of TechPlus 2017 Conference and Exhibition in Lagos Today.

The 2017 edition of West Africa‟s largest annual Technology conference and exhibition, TechPlus was formally flagged open by the Minister of Communications, Bar. Adebayo Shittu last Thursday with great pomp and fanfare.

The three-day event which runs from July 6-8 is taking place at the prestigious Landmark Event Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos is witnessing the assemblage of leading experts in technology from different parts of the world coming under one roof to share insights in different areas of Tech business, innovation, information & communications technology.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the minister of Communications, Bar. Adebayo Shittu commended the organizers for holding the prestigious event consistently for three years. He also commended the efforts of TechPlus in providing a robust platform that allows companies, individuals and businesses in the tech space to bring together customers, clients, and stakeholders to showcase their products and services.

The Minister also applauded the robust conference package that is meant to create practical opportunities for stakeholders present to talk about technology and feel the impact that technology has on different facets of life, both from business and consumer perspectives.

The Minister also used the opportunity to further highlight the objectives of the six new ICT Universities established by the federal government. He explained that the universities which will start operations in September will focus on adding value to the current level and pace of economic development in Nigeria, diversifying our economy and positioning Nigeria as the leading ICT light in Africa.
He noted that the era of university graduates roaming the streets, looking for work after graduation would soon be over. His words: “the ICT University will be the first of its kind in Africa. It will compete with similar institutions in India and South Korea.

It will be the first of its kind in Public-Private sector partnership and private bodies, institutions and organizations would be invited to adopt and take ownership of various departments and campuses and bring in all that is needed to create the desired ICT revolution in the country”.

In his welcome speech, the General Manager of TechPlus, Taiwo Oyewole revealed that this year‟s „activity-filled‟ edition of TechPlus is more than just a conference or exhibition, as many novel ideas have been made to deepen conversations and ensure that participants make true connections and seize opportunities to transact business.

He added that, “Over the past editions, TechPlus has become many things to different people. A place to learn, get the pulse of the market in the tech ecosystem, meet like minds, network, play games and of course also have fun”.
TechPlus is a gathering of everything technology, providing a robust tripartite tech experience through its conferences, exhibitions and gaming structures whilst serving as a platform for knowledge sharing and networking for the consumers and businesses.

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Godwin Okafor is a financial journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and the Founder Naija247news Media Ltd He has over 16 experiences in journalism, which cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career in Business Day, Where he was a senior editorial graphic artist, before he left to start Naija247news, An Online Financial Newspaper in 2010. He has won series of awards and he is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.com and also sits on the board of Students In Business Awards, (SIBA).

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