At the 17th regular Council meeting on the 24th February 2012 of the National Executive Council (NEC), Dr.(Mrs) Adeola Ilechukwu (NCS National 2nd Vice President) informed the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) that it would be necessary to create an Interest Group for female members of NCS. She stated that the existing Interest Groups (ISPON, ITAN, ISPAN, etc.) did not meet the needs of a majority of the female members in the society and added that she was ready to take on the challenge as the Vice President to ensure the inauguration of this new interest group in NCS.
The Nigerian Women In Information Technology (NiWIIT) was born, following the approval from NEC. The aim of this interest group is centered on empowering and encouraging women who work in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. NiWIIT has since worked with government, and other stakeholders to achieve objectives for women in IT via unique and innovative means. It also focused on increasing the active participation and contribution of women at all levels in the IT industry. Young girls are not excluded in their blueprint as the group also set out to “catch-them-young” through events highlighting opportunities for young girls and young women in ICT-driven organizations, government agencies, and educational fields. The ICT sector is growing and it is partly depended on, globally. Therefore more girls and young women need to consider careers and opportunities in Information Technology.
Thirty-eight (38) new members were inducted by the President, Dr. Florence Babalola at NIWIIT’s Annual General Meeting. The induction formed part of the group’s activities for the 5th National Conference. The membership categories include sixteen professional members; twenty-two membership and six student category.
The President charged the new inductees while addressing, them to carry out their professional computer practices and activities in line with the code of ethics and practices of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS); meeting professional obligations as well.
“You are expected to pay due respect and obey the NIWIIT rules faithfully and uphold the provisions and regulations set forth in the bye-laws of this Association which is an Interest Group under NCS.
“You should represent this group well and professionally add value to the society. As inductees you should use every opportunity you have to innovate on ways to better the worth of the society which is the essence of our coming together”, Dr. Babalola said.
An award ceremony also formed part of the conference on 1st and 2nd May 2019. The NIWIIT hosted the third edition of their awards and gala night and some members alongside distinguished Nigerians were presented awards to commemorate support toward Nigerian women participation in information technology and distinctly use the platform to recognize, appreciate and honor women of excellence in the field of information technology. The award categories included IT Woman of the Year Award (Dr. Amina Sambo-Maggi), Advocate of the Year (Maryam Lawan CEO, Blue Chips), Leadership Recognition Award (Mrs. Veronica Ola Owolabi and Mrs. Iyabo Adedeji) amongst others.
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