Computer professionals seek increased investments in digital infrastructure
Computer professionals in the country have called for increased investments in digital infrastructure in Nigeria, to drive new scale of development.
Under the aegis of Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN), the body noted that with the new age typified by speed of technological breakthroughs, pervasiveness of scope, and tremendous impact of new systems in any economy would require new focus for technology.
According to them, investing in digital infrastructure is one of the fastest ways to transform a country’s society and its economy, as the development of such infrastructure is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The call formed part of the resolutions made at the just-concluded CPN IT Assembly 2019, in Abuja, during which a former Group Managing Director/CEO, Zenith Bank Plc, Peter Amangbo, stressed the need for improved investments in digital infrastructure to position Nigeria in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Executive Director, Zenith Bank, Maitama Branch, Umar Ahmed, represented Amangbo, whose presentation dwelt on, “Digital Infrastructure: Defining the Next Step; a Financial Services Perspective.” He said the new era will witness monumental shifts enabled by convergence of the physical environment and digital space – driven by ubiquitous connectivity, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, and cloud computing, to facilitate the “Internet of Things”.
“It may not be heavily prevalent in our local environment currently, but this wind of change is intensifying. It will bring massive disruptions to the traditional ways we have been doing things.“Making the appropriate investments and adjustments is key to our relevance in the global economy of the future. One major area to invest is in digital infrastructure both at the public and enterprise levels.
“The enabling environment for entrepreneurship and development of start-ups should also be created through progressive regulation of sector players. Access to finance will also spur the growth of digital infrastructure entrepreneurs.
“Collaboration between the public sector and private sector players is paramount. While we may consider it appropriate for businesses to compete, we must also collaborate to collectively break new frontiers and maximise the opportunities that digitalisation offers.”He earlier identified the strategic areas for digital infrastructure investment to guide the country’s digital transformation.
The President, Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, also aligned his thoughts with Amangbo, saying the IT sector has kept its trajectory of organic evolution and revolution in Nigeria and the entire world, because it is a unique industry where change, innovation and transformation are constant phenomena shaping the present and defining the future.
Aderounmu reminded the professionals that technology trends are relentlessly evolving at the speed of the future, which they must keep up with or risk missing the train.
“The new national government’s thematic slogan is Next Level in governance, while CPN’s chosen theme for this Assembly is Digital Infrastructure: Defining the Next Level. One quick inference from this thematic coincidence is that the IT industry practitioners in Nigeria must continue to be digital light bearers showing the right path to sustainable national development and secured future through ICT.
Speaking on this year’s Assembly themed, “Digital Infrastructure: Defining the Next Step,” CPN President, Prof. Charles Uwadia, said the impact of IT on our national life cannot be over-emphasized. He further noted that infrastructure, for example, has always been important to a nation’s economic growth and success, but the infrastructure needed for today’s economy is rapidly changing with advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).
“This new infrastructure is critical to delivering the next wave of innovation and economic growth to all nations. This is because the development of any nation is usually measured by the degree and extent of growth in the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and political spheres, which are all today enabled and driven by Information Technology.”