What Government Must Do According to Uwaje, what various governments do not seem to understand is that software is the nearest thing to magic that is yet invented by man. It is a pure "thought-process-stuff", and that is why software is codified as the 'magic of the mind-to-wealth'. He advised governments at the federal, state and local levels to key into software development in driving government activities. By this governance will be more felt by the majority people that are yearning for change through technology development.
Expected Attendees Prof. Emeritus Tapio Varis will speak on "Technology, Culture and Learning in the Age of Disruption and Creativity". Vice Chancellors of five Nigerian Universities, Prof. Charles Ayo (Covenant), Prof. Musbau Akanji (Minna), Prof. James Epoke (Calabar), Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole (Ibadan), Prof. Humphrey A. Ogoni (Niger Delta) are now confirmed on the list of experts, scheduled to discuss and present papers at the conference. They will add to the existing list of industry leaders including the immediate past Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, Prof. Pat Utomi of the Pan African University, and Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, to discuss the
keynote. The Special Adviser on ICT to the Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Odo Effiong, gave the assurances that the state would promote an International e-Government Forum to boost the conference contents. According to Odo, "There are 41 KOICA e-Government Alumni in Nigeria from different ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs) both at state and federal level. They will all be excited to receive Prof. Kwon from South Korea - a distinguished scholar in e-government, as he comes to deliver a special paper on e-Government in Tinapa. The Cross River State Government will ensure that there is a greater participation from other states of the federation." He added: "This e-government track is capable of leading Nigeria to a very successful and beneficial lesson on 21st century governance. There are important lessons that we can learn from Korea in our drive to establish e-government in Nigeria. I feel Prof. Kwon is an outstanding resource person to experience at this year's conference".
The Software Competition According to Uwaje, the conference would also be hosting an annual competition for software development among Nigerian youths and tertiary students, which would be guided by panel of judges made up of ICT professionals, educationists and captains of industry. A broadband pavilion, which will showcase investment opportunities, strides of Nigeria's leading broadband infrastructure firms and an update on ongoing work especially in Nigeria's rural communities will also be mounted to complement the two days of a critical examination of recent developments in software development strategies and how it ties up with high speed internet access efforts, Uwaje said.
Tinapa Software Conference and Competition 2013, according to him, promises to be a world class event. The hosting rights for the 2013 National Software Conference has for the third time been won by Cross River State. The state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has endorsed and approved the event in his capacity as chief host, Uwaje said, adding that dignitaries expected to confirm their attendance to the event include: President Goodluck Jonathan; Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; The Minister for Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson; The Minister for Education; state governors; former Minister of State for Information and Communication, Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande; members of the Cross River State Government executives; Dean of the Graduate School of Governance, Sung Kyun Kwan University and an Adviser to the Korean President on e-Government, Prof. Gi-Heon Kwon; The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah; The Acting Director General, Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Ashiru S. Daura; Chief Executive Officer of Main One, Ms. Funke Opeke; and Director General of Koffi Annan Centre for ICT Excellence Accra, Ghana, Mrs. Dorothy Gordon, among others.