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Federal government has failed to appreciate local innovations NCS
The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has lamented the non-compliance of the Federal Government's Executive Order on local content development, noting that the worrying implications are that local innovations are yet to be appreciated. The President of NCS, Prof Adesola Aderounmu, while speaking at a press conference in Lagos, cited the case of Remita, a product […]
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The NigeriaComputer Society (NCS) has lamented the non-compliance of the FederalGovernment's Executive Order on local content development, noting that theworrying implications are that local innovations are yet to be appreciated.
The President ofNCS, Prof Adesola Aderounmu, while speaking at a press conference in Lagos,cited the case of Remita, a product of SYSTEMSPECS and an indigenous ICTsolution provider.
He disclosedthat as of today, the Federal Government has not been able to fulfil itsobligation with regard to the services rendered to her through REMITA software.
This, he describedas a disturbingly high level of disregard for contracts entered into withindigenous firms compared with the “high level of respect” accordedforeign counterparts.
Despite officialdeclarations, this in practical terms shows extremely low commitment to theimplementation of the ICT Local Content Policy. It does not show much evidenceexists of a structured approach to ensure Nigerian ICT firms are prepared by theGovernment to take advantage of emergent National ICT opportunities, he said.
Aderounmu addedthat the Nigerian operating environment is hostile, as the government haslittle or no direct contribution to the achievements of local IT firms. Whenwill indigenous ICT firms begin to be treated as equal with foreigncounterparts and be accorded the level of respect they deserve, he asked.
The NigeriaComputer Society is the umbrella body of all IT professionals and organizationsin Nigeria, with more than 20,000 members and major interest groups (ISPON,ITAN, ISPAN, NiWIIT, ITSSP, AITP, NITPCS). NACOSS, the student body has aboutone hundred thousand students.