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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 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 of SYSTEMSPECS and an indigenous ICT
solution provider.





He disclosed
that as of today, the Federal Government has not been able to fulfil its
obligation with regard to the services rendered to her through REMITA software.





This, he described
as a disturbingly high level of disregard for contracts entered into with
indigenous firms compared with the “high level of respect” accorded
foreign counterparts.





 Despite official
declarations, this in practical terms shows extremely low commitment to the
implementation of the ICT Local Content Policy. It does not show much evidence
exists of a structured approach to ensure Nigerian ICT firms are prepared by the
Government to take advantage of emergent National ICT opportunities,   he said.





Aderounmu added
that the Nigerian operating environment is hostile, as the government has
little or no direct contribution to the achievements of local IT firms.   When
will indigenous ICT firms begin to be treated as equal with foreign
counterparts and be accorded the level of respect they deserve,   he asked.





The Nigeria
Computer Society is the umbrella body of all IT professionals and organizations
in Nigeria, with more than 20,000 members and major interest groups (ISPON,
ITAN, ISPAN, NiWIIT, ITSSP, AITP, NITPCS). NACOSS, the student body has about
one hundred thousand students.


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