THE 15TH NITI CONGRESS AND ITD 2017 FINAL COMMUNIQUE
The 15th Congress of the Nigerian Institute of Translators and Interpreters (NITI), held as announced at Rayfield hotels, Abuja on 26th and 27th October 2017. NITI members converged from all over the country to make the event, celebrated together with 2017 International Translation Day (ITD), a resounding success.
Present at the occasion were our Special Guests: Honourables Abdulrazaq Sa'ad Namdas, Chairman House Committee on Media and Publicity, who delivered the interesting Keynote Address, and Sadiq Ibrahim Dasin, Member, House of Representatives. NITI expresses special appreciation to them for taking time out of their very tight schedules to grace this occasion.
A day before, on 25th October, the annual NITI exam/assessment was conducted, with written and oral tests. All fourteen Associate Members and new membership applicants who took part satisfied the NITI exam council that they had what it takes to be a professional translator. Therefore, on the last day of the 15th NITI congress, 27th October 2017, they were duly inducted as Full Members of the Nigerian Institute of Translators and Interpreters (NITI), with all the rights and priviledges thereof.
After discussing the theme of the Congress: ‘‘Boosting the National Economy through Translation’, and the various sub-themes with presentations from various resource persons on Day 1, and after the Statutory Meeting on Day 2, the 15th NITI Congress took and adopted the following Resolutions:
1. Desirous of seeing the NITI Bill passed into Law as soon as possible, the Nigerian Institute of Translators and Interpreters (NITI) gives thanks to Hon. Abdulrazaq Sa'ad Namdas, Chairman House Committee on Media and Publicity, for sponsoring the NITI Bill at the House and following up to ensure that our Bill, which has passed the second reading at the House, is passed into Law. NITI will immediately make effective all the precious advice given by the two Honourable Members.
2. Desirous of having an in-house publication worthy of emulation, NITI resolves to turn the NITI publication, which has been under preparation for quite some time and is about to go to press, into a periodic Journal, the first edition of which is envisaged to be out, latest, March 2018. Resource persons are encouraged to send in their papers now, with 30th December 2017 as deadline. An editorial board has been constituted, as well as editorial advisers.
3. Desirous of having more of the membership applicants take part in the yearly membership exam/assessment, NITI resolves to create a better and more fruitful system, which would allow the annual exam/assessment to be taken, apart from offline (where the applicants would be physically present, writing on paper and face to face with the NITI exam council), also online (where the applicants would be virtually present, writing on the computer screen and facing the NITI exam council by Skype, or any other such virtual conference technology). Congress also resolved to regionalise the NITI exam, allowing the NITI North, South-East, South-South and South-West regions to conduct the exam for the languages indigenous to their own region.
4. Mindful of the fact that NITI members did not yet have all the documents and tools needed to help them effectively practice our profession, this congress resolves to issue all such documents and tools to all members, as long as they pay their annual dues. Indeed, attendance certificates and membership certificates were issued to all those members who participated in this congress. Other tools, like the NITI translator stamp and identity card, will follow soon.
5. Desirous of having members attend the annual NITI congress in greater numbers and with less inconvenience, Congress decided to make Abuja permanently the venue of the NITI congress because it is central and equidistant from all parts of Nigeria; and when NITI can afford the technology, virtual conference methods would be employed to let other members join the proceedings from any part of the world.
6. Election time: Congress unanimously decided to return the current NITI executive officers unopposed for another term, with the exception of the posts of First National Vice President, Second National Vice President and Editor, which was expanded into an Editorial Board for the NITI Journal, comprising: Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Marketing Editor, Editor, and one Member, completed with the designation of five Editorial Advisors.
We thank all NITI members who attended the congress this year and helped make it a success, especially, the resource persons, whose papers made the different sessions lively and gave us all food for thought.
Have a look at your beautiful pictures below, and consult the resource papers further down the page, which might be updated with more info if necessary.
THE 15th NITI CONGRESS IN PICTURES
Resource Papers of the 15th NITI Congress
"TRANSLATION SERVICES AND THE NIGERIAN REVENUE: THE MISSING NEXUS" by Prof. Tunde Ajiboye.