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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

ISPON charges Nigeria to tap into 4th industrial revolution with local content

The institute of software practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) has called on the federal government to invest in human capital and skill in order for Nigeria to participate in the fourth industrial revolution by leapfrogging in digital transformation to meet up with already developed nations.

Speaking at the 2018 ISPON president dinner in Lagos as the weekend, James Emadoye, President, ISPON said; “we don’t need Bill gates to tell us that we need to invest in our human capital, we have the people and the skill and we know that we should start helping our people to grow by encouraging local content.

Software is key, as technology is taking over everything and that is why today we are talking about things like Artificial Intelligence, Block chain and cloud computing. We need an act that will allow only citizens to develop software so that Nigeria can benefit from the fourth industrial revelation,” Emadoye said.

Charles Uwadia, President/Chairman in Council of the Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) (CPN), who also spoke at the event referred to the fact that the implementation of the local content policy is vitally important to the digital enhancement of the country.

“If we do not implement the local content policy and ensure that we start patronising our local software developers so that our money is spent to develop our country, then we will continue to have brain drain in the country,” Uwadia said.

On growing the software industry, the experts present at the event discussed issues sounding Nigeria’s technology industry, emphasising the need for development by embracing local technology and the importance of data to work with and record keeping. They are of the view that Nigeria may not meet the target to achieve digital transformation even in the next 20 years if there is no data to work with.

The experts identified software as the main domain of technology, saying that if the potentials in Nigeria’s software industry are well harnessed, the economy will experience a boost, as the ICT industry will contribute much more than the 12.5 percent it currently contributes to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
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James Emadoye, President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON)

“It is like running around in circles if we don’t have data as to how many software developers we produce each year, what existing softwares we already produce in country, and the records of progression. Let us take software seriously because it is the only way that Nigeria can be classified as a developed nation,” Ahmed Ojikutu, President, CAPDAN – Computer Village Lagos, said.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) who was represented by Haru Alhassan, Director new media and information security, NCC, challenged ISPON to showcase Nigeria’s software solutions to the world. He said that although we cannot predict the future, Nigeria must be ready to respond to the global revolution.

Delivering his address, Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication assured that the software industry will be treated with high priority.

“There are several local software providers doing well but as a whole the software industry needs to move faster than it is doing at present. Because of the opportunities offered by software, Nigeria will aspire to become a global player in the creative high value end of ICT – the software industry will be treated as national priority,” Shittu promised.

On the strides taken towards the actualisation of the Executive order No.s 003 and 005 as well as the advancement of the indigenous software industry, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) says it intends to review upwards the 40 percent local software vendors to at least 60 percent.

“We are in line with the federal government directive that all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) make use of local content and with this, there will soon be a winding down in patronage of foreign software. NOTAP also intends to create a database for all software, in line with the executive orders,” Dan Azumi Mohammed Ibrahim, Director General, NOTAP, who was represented by Taiwo Ojo, said in his speech.

During the Annual ISPON President Dinner 2018, Fellowships were conferred upon captains of the industry including; Liyel Imoke, former Governor of Cross River State, John Obaro, CEO of Systemspecs, Pius Okigbo, immediate past president of ISPON and Chris Uwaje, CEO, Mobile Software Solutions. BD

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