Alomo-Oluwa Seeks Intensification of IT Advocacy in Nigeria
Mrs. Funke Alomo-Oluwa, managing director, ChamsAccess Limited, has harped on the need for increased advocacy with regards to Information Technology in Nigeria, noting that the country could remain backwards if the sector is neglected.
Alomo-Oluwa made this known at the reception in honour of the newly inaugurated National President of the National Computer Society (NCS), Professor Sola Aderounmu, recently in Lagos.
Alomo-Oluwa who was the guest speaker and presented a paper entitled; “Nigeria Computer Society: The need for IT advocacy in Nigeria” said despite the growing presence, adoption, and influence of technology in the country, various factors still mitigate against the holistic development and advancement of the sector, a scenario which she declared is not helpful for the nation’s technological development and economic expansion.
According to her, “The development of Information Technology in Nigeria is hindered as a result of problems such as corruption and nepotism, poor procurement policies, and little or no IT governance. These issues negates the progress recorded and could further diminish them if not checked.”
The Managing Director, ChamsAccess Limited who identified a host of predicaments such as data mining by foreign countries, lack of knowledge and skill transfer, loss of national/military security intelligence to foreign forces, massive economic loss in international trade, lack of standardization, and low contribution of IT towards the nation’s GDP, as consequences of maintaining the status quo on ICT urged the relevant government regulatory authorities and industry stakeholders to massively devise strategies aimed at encouraging the development of the sector in the country.
She also noted that the use of IT can help bring about the needed accountability and transparency in public expenditures as craved for by the present government advised them not to repeat the mistake of past administration who sparsely patronised Nigerian IT firms for major capital projects.
In addition, she implored the NCS to ensure they promote the importance and membership of the society, engage in the continuous education of its members and young people through periodic seminars and workshops, push for the review and update of ICT laws in Nigeria, and help campaign for funding of start-ups in the IT sector.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Peter Jack, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), who was represented by Dr. Armstrong Takang, said the agency would continue to collaborate with the NCS to uphold the standardisation of the ICT sector as a means to further position the country as a frontline IT player globally.
In his words, “NITDA continues to demonstrate its commitment to standardising and promoting regulations for IT practise in Nigeria and is ready to support the Nigeria Computer Society in the cause to drive growth of our IT sector by promoting Local Content initiatives and programmes through support for start ups and indigenous technologies.”
On his part, Professor Sola Aderounmu, the new president of NCS, said the leadership Nigerian Computer Society will remain committed to its goals and statutes which include uplifting the standards of the profession, safeguarding the interest of our members, By doing so, NCS will find its tasks easier, relations improved, and achievements and contributions to the growth and development of Nigeria enhanced.
The event brought together prominent professionals in the IT sector such as the Chairman of Zinox, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, Mrs Funke Opeke of Main One, Sir Demola Aladekomo, Founding Managing Director, Chams Plc, Ms Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor, Country Manager Google. and professionals from other sectors of the economy.
(L-r): Demola Aladekomo, chief host and founding managing director, Chams Plc, Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, country manager, Google Nigeria, Professor Sola Aderounmu, president, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Funke Alomo-Oluwa, managing director, Chams Access Limited, at the reception by Chams Group for new NCS president in Lagos recently.