THE Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, has called on the federal government to encourage local production to reduce importation of foreign products, which amount to capital flight from the country. According to NCS, outsourcing ICT needs to foreign organisations cannot be supported by the scarce foreign exchange.
At the just concluded National Conference of Nigeria Computer Society held in Abuja, with the sub theme “Enhancing Security using Software Systems,” experts in the profession agreed that there was need to have home grown technology instead of relying on the foreign technology to solve the country’s domestic security challenges especially at this time of unstable economy.
The discussants were unanimous in their opinion that government should look inward and patronise made in Nigeria goods to save our economy from total collapse. They advised government to uphold the local content policy framework and liaise with NITDA, and office for Nigerian Content in Information Technology to drive local content development in the country. It also stressed that the Information and Communications Technology, ICT, needs of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, must be localised.
Presently, Nigeria is blessed with Information Technology, IT, experts, who are registered members of NCS both as corporate bodies and individual members. The NCS listed the corporate members to include Sidmach Technologies Ltd, Dataflex Plc, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, Data Sciences Ltd, Chams PLC, VEDA Technologies, Zinox Technologies Ltd, OMATEK Computers, BETA Computers, RLG Communications, BRIAN Integrated Systems, MainOne Cables, CBC Emea, Systemspecs Ltd and many others.
Sola Aderounmu, president of NCS, therefore, advised the federal government to patronise our local certified computer manufacturer organisations in their quest to buy 500,000 computers for the 500,000 unemployed graduates in the process of recruiting and deploying to schools and other sectors of the economy. “This could prove government’s sincerity of purpose, Aderounmu said, adding that the full implementation of the local content policy would definitely create more wealth, resolve the problems of unemployment and build capacity for Nigerian youths.
— Sep 19, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT