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‘Nigeria’s software can serve 25,000 MDAs’




Software developed by local companies can serve the diverse needs of over 25,000 ministries, departments and agencies [MDAs] across the three tiers of government. So, declared the President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria [ISPON], Pius Okigbo Jnr in a recent interview.

Okigbo Jr said there are “over 20,000 and 25,000 MDAs from all tiers of government that require software solution in just about everything. What does that tell you? It means you can have local software companies constantly writing software till kingdom come to address everything possible in different sectors, and that can only translate to huge billions of naira”.

The challenge facing the Nigerian software industry, he explained, is that locally developed solutions are lowly priced simply because they are made in Nigeria. “There is nothing we cannot write in software programs but nobody is ready to trust us and pay us huge amounts of money as to make us bigger players in Nigeria and this is a big tragedy”.

He added that, “We have developed some good solutions that foreign solutions cannot match. Foreign software became the humongous behemoths they have become because of huge patronage. They all have their humble beginnings”.

According to him, the foreign software companies developed through the encouragement of their home governments. That was how the likes of SAP, Microsoft and Oracle have become local and global household names.

“Nigerian software companies need similar support from the government and the private sector players.”

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