The Nigerian Women in Information Technology (NIWIIT) Osun State Chapter, has inaugurated and sworn in its new set of leaders to steer the ship of the association for a two-year tenure.
The Inauguration Programme came up at the ICT Centre of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Wednesday.
Dr Olukemi Awoyelu emerged the State Coordinator, Mrs. Olubunmi Ayinde, General Secretary; Mrs. Anu Oluwapo Oyinloye, Special Duties; Mrs. Omoyemi Oni, Treasurer; Mrs. Folake Towobola, Welfare and Mrs. Oyedemi Adenike, PRO.
The Oath of office was administered on the newly elected members by the National President of the association, Mrs. Dele Bayo-Osibo.
The new State Coordinator, Dr Olukemi Awoyelu, while delivering her address, commended her predecessor, Mrs. Yetunde Ogunwale, for the great work that she did to uplift the association.
Awoyelu assured the members that the new executive would render good services and solicited their cooperation to move the association to greater height.
Prof. Babajide Afolabi, the Director, Computer Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, who was Guest Speaker, in his lecture entitled: “Future of Information Technology” decried the way Nigerian youths were using technology to perpetrate fraud.
According to him, while some developing countries are maximising their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the growth and development of their citizenry, our youths are using it to perpetrate fraud.
He implored the three tiers of government to educate youths on the potential of social media.
“Failure to do this would continue to jeopardise their brighter future and affect the national economy.
“The efforts of technology cannot be over-emphasised in computerising every aspect of the society, and anyone without the knowledge of information technology cannot live a meaningful life,” he said.
Earlier, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), OAU, Prof. Olubola Babalola, said that the past leaders of the association recorded landmark achievements and urged members of the group to seize any opportunity to contribute their quota, adding that ICT was lucrative and ready to solve all challenges.
Also, the National President of NIWIIT, Mrs. Dele Bayo-Osibo, urged the new executive to embrace other women across the state, especially in tertiary institutions to ensure the progress of the group.
Bayo-Osibo appealed to all members to support the new leaders to work together and do their best to impact the lives of girls and women at large.
Also, Dr Olufunmilayo Banjo, Director, Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies (CGSPS), OAU, Ile-Ife, who spoke as Chairman of the occasion, urged the new leaders to ensure transparency and diligence in their new positions.