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Greatest NACOSSite, Networking the World
History of NACOSS
The Nigerian Association of Computer Science
Students (NACOSS) is a student professional body with presence in
almost all tertiary institutions in Nigeria (both private and government
owned). NACOSS was founded by groups of students in July 1993 with the
backing of Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) as its parent body.
It provides avenues for students (in any IT
related field) to highlight and champion issues of interest in a
coordinated and organized manner. NACOSS members (NACOSSites) are
students studying in tertiary institutions in computer related
disciplines including: Computer Science, Computer Engineering,
Information Technology, etc. Each member is essentially a member of the
Association’s local chapter in his or her institution.
As of April 2012, NACOSS states that it is the
largest and most organized student body in West Africa, with registered
members of about Two Hundred and Fifty thousand (250 000) in well over
One Hundred and fifty local chapters (and more unregistered) in
different Institutions (Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of
Education) across the six (6) Geo-political zones of Nigeria.
Through consistent and professional exposure,
NACOSS provides an excellent foundation for Computer Scientists,
Engineers and any IT related disciplines in Nigeria. Over the years,
NACOSS has given to the economy and society the finest professionals in
Information and Communications Technology ICT and is dedicated to doing
even more in future.
A study of NACOSS activities indicates that it
reveals IT career and entrepreneurship opportunities to the youth of
Nigeria. It provides opportunities for them to explore and fulfill their
potentials and become more competitive in the IT environment locally
and globally. It is about equipping young people to become contributors
and change agents in Nigeria through IT. When Nigeria youths are
empowered and driven in the field of Computing and related areas, they
drive change in Nigeria and Africa, and they change the face of IT.
NACOSS aims to re – orient the Nigerian youth
and project the IT profession through Seminars, Lectures, Symposia,
Workshops and other related activities. The intention appears to be the
active and purposeful promotion of the study of IT and other positive
forms of IT knowledge acquisition.
NACOSS organizes capacity building exercises to
enlighten the youths, the young people of Nigeria on how to become
entrepreneurs using acquired IT skills and also to create platforms for
neophytes, and gurus associated with the intriguing world of Information
Technology to exhibit their products, services and software to
businesses, industry and the public. These forums are also directed
towards encouraging the patronage of made-in Nigeria technology,
software and services while also engaging participants and exhibitors
NACOSS events include intensive enlightenment of
students by IT Industry players to create awareness and expose
NACOSSites to the reality of IT industry, the business environment and
career growth requirements. Thorough discussion and interaction between
students and experienced professionals, managers and policy makers lead
to career guidance and mentorship for professional growth and successful
Such events usually include consultation and
deliberations on new and emerging world technologies and the need for
local content development and addressing issues relating to the digital
divide. Software exhibitions are a feature of the events to encourage
and reward NACOSSites involved in software development.
NACOSS aims to foster the growth of the IT
profession and promotes the interests of the profession through its
engagement with the youth. It does not engage in sex discrimination, and
does not promote ethnicity, religion and other forms of nepotism or
discrimination. NACOSS is committed to professionalism and youth
empowerment through IT. It aims to connect members with the reality of
industry and society in ways that will empower them and enable them to
make significant impact in their communities, locally and globally.
Attend and Support NACOSS events and you will be
playing a major role in laying the foundation for accelerated IT
development in Nigeria. Encourage and promote young Nigerian computer
scientists – support the future of Information Technology in Nigeria.
Individuals, social groups, NGOs, governmental agencies and corporate
organizations are encouraged to support (morally, financially……..),
Partner and Get Involved with NACOSS to use IT to create a better future
NACOSS initiatives prepare the youth to become
the IT leaders of today and tomorrow. Such innovative, energetic and
knowledgeable individuals are essential to drive significant change
through IT in Nigeria. Join NACOSS in rejecting stereotypes that limit
youth creativity to sports, entertainment and consumption. As portions
of the NACOSS Anthem state, “Awake great Nigerians to make our country
great; Awake small but mighty ones; The sleeping giant awake”,
“Information technology is our legacy to posterity”.
Awake o ye NACOSSite amids obscurity
Awake my dexterity in skill to heights
Take up the challenge catch the flame bright
Shining as the sun.
This is the time, this is age advance and light
the touch information technology is our legacy to posterity.
Awake great Nigerians to make our country great
Awake small but mighty ones
The sleeping giant awake
Guide our leaders’ path
Help our youth the truth to know in love and honest
To grow in living and true information technology is our legacy to posterity.
Greatest NACOSSites!, NETWORKING THE WORLD.
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