| By Anayo Ezugwu |
THE success recorded by Treasury Single Account, TSA, created by Remita is still receiving commendations from the federal government. Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications, on Monday, February 8, paid a working visit to SystemSpecs, owners of Remita and TSA to congratulate the company. Shittu said the creation of TSA had helped in stabilising the financial system.
The minister said in the last six months, government had saved more than N3 billion through the TSA. He, therefore, thanked the company for creating Remita and helping in blocking linkages in its system. “This visit is to congratulate the company in its efforts in creating Remita which has benefited government by way of blocking linkages and reducing corruption in the system.
“This meeting is to come and encourage you and to tell you that Nigerians are fully in support of you. We have seen your commitment in helping government stabilise the financial system. We as a government are very open to ideas and we believe that we must create enabling environment for private sector to thrive. We are ready to work with Remita and every other indigenous software company to serve Nigerian people in all sincerity,” Shittu said.
On his part, John Obaro, managing director, SystemSpecs, thanked the minister for visiting the company. He said the visit represented a significant milestone in the history of the company. “It is, indeed, a great privilege to know that our company, SystemSpecs, has featured on the list of critical industry stakeholders you promised to engage and that the visit is happening so soon. Your visit, honourable minister, is indeed a major boost and encouragement to our corporate psyche and serves as a major motivation to us to continue to believe in our country and its potentials of a brighter future,” he said.
Obaro, however, urged the federal government to grant pioneer status to indigenous software industry in order to encourage more companies like Remita. He noted that this would encourage existing and new players to ensure that the dream of the country to become a global player in the software industry comes true.
“In view of the fact that oil is drying up and that software provides a strong alternative for our national development, you please help lead the push for government to immediately grant the indigenous software industry pioneer status. It is time for our government to recognise and designate our local software industry as a catalyst for national economic prosperity and make conscious efforts to entrust it with the responsibility of undertaking major national assignments that encourage its growth and global competitiveness.”
— Feb 8, 2016 @ 15:50 GMT