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Projects: NCS Seeks Use Of Local IT Professionals

Posted: Dec 10, 2015 at 10:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has advocated the need for the Federal Government to effectively consider the use of registered local Information Technology (IT) professionals in the execution of ICT-related projects in the country. This was the high point of recommendations made to the Federal Government when the NCS team, led by its President, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, in Abuja. According to the NCS President, while the impact of technology is being felt more than ever before, there is still a need to fully ensure technology enables social and economic transformation that inclusively benefits all Nigerians.

As such, the don said that effective and efficient exploitation of IT was essential for the future of the nation’s economic wellbeing. He called for the infusion of professionalism in government by engaging more IT professionals to man critical ICT related areas in government. According to him, information technology should be used to improve all strategic facets of governance in Nigeria.

In particular, the don said NCS was committed to the fight against corruption through technology and strongly recommends the use of innovative IT tools and solutions to frontally address the major concerns of bribery and corruption facing the nation.

“Developing and deploying IT to facilitate transparency and accountability in government will build a globally respected nation whose citizens can hold up their heads anywhere in the world. “Furthermore, the Communication Technology Ministry along with other IT agencies in Nigeria possess the ability to resolve Nigeria job crises and further create wealth for the nation similar to the IT revolution going on in India,” he said.

He, therefore, noted the urgent need for the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the appointment of seasoned IT professionals. He specifically advocated the appointment of seasoned IT professionals on the boards of ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) to maximise and deepen the benefits of electronic governance and digital transformation in Nigeria.

“We also want the government to mandate MDAs to appoint IT professionals as directors of IT, direct all MDAs to establish IT career structure if not yet in place, implement the use of CPN registration as a condition to employ IT professional staff in MDAs to level 10 as approved and gazetted by the Federal Government of Nigeria. It should also mandate NCS in collaboration with NITDA to supervise all IT projects to be implemented in Nigeria,” he added.

NCS also called on the government to partner with private sectors to promote the use of IT, especially IT penetration and use in rural areas. Reacting to NCS presentations, the minister said he welcome all ideas that would bring development and growth to Nigeria through IT. He also promised to make Local Content issue his priority to generate employment and capacity building, saying “I am ready to learn, to listen, and collaborate with NCS in all IT related issues.”