The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), President James Emadoye has called on the Bank of Industry in Nigeria to come out and create a software Business Desk with a $16,350 million US (N5 Billion) revolving loan to develop the software sector in Nigeria. This comes after calls condemning the over dependency on the importation of software products by both the public and the private sectors of the Nigerian economy, according to Vanguard.
Emadoye warned that it was “dangerous to allow foreign software to be dominant in the country’s businesses, government, education and the military,” stated a report by TPulse.
In the face of a serious economic recession, Nigerians are still reliant on foreign products. Emadoye added that, “We cannot depend on other nations to do it for us and we cannot wait to experience collapse or serious hacking that can crumble the economy within seconds because we put out national information trust in the hands of foreigners.”
2016 promised so much for the Nigerian software sector with over N16 billion budgeted for Computer Software Acquisition, with the hope being significant progress would have been made in the uses and enthronement of Software Nigeria, this however did not materialise.
According to the ISPON President, Software Nigeria has the capacity to launch Nigeria into the new age where technology prevails in all human endeavours. He highlighted the positive effect a thriving Software Nigeria could have in terms of job creation and not losing millions in foreign exchange. He added how no foreign products can fully meet the requirements in Nigeria as software is a sensitive matter that affects country and security.
“Government through the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, must put in more effort to ensure that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs patronize Nigerian Software in the real terms of the word. “ Nigeria as a country is large enough and far more resourceful and should be able to meet her needs for all nature of software locally, Emadoye concluded.