NCS seeks rapid development of industry with technocrat as minister



TO improve the contributions of the technology sector to the economy, especially the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a technocrat, who is verse in the knowledge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will need to head the Communications Technology ministry.

This was the view of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the umbrella body for all computer professionals in the country, at the weekend, during the investiture of its 13th President, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, in Lagos.

With over 10,000 members spread across the country, the society noted that a technocrat, with sound knowledge of the sector would reposition the ICT sector better.

In his investiture speech, Aderounmu, who called on President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed the Federal Government to find ways of deepening ICT growth in the country, pleaded with the president to consider the appointment of seasoned IT professionals (registered members of NCS and CPN) to head the Ministry of Communications Technology and other IT agencies in the country similar to what is being done in the ministries of Health and that of Justice, where a medical personnel and a lawyer are appointed respectively to head such.

Aderounmu also asked President Buhari to give priority to the use of registered local IT professionals and registered local IT companies to execute IT jobs, appoint seasoned IT professionals on the boards of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to maximize and deepen the benefits of electronic governance and digital transformation in Nigeria.

The NCS president also said that the society will like the president to direct the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPP) to amend the pre-qualification requirements for IT projects to include Evidence of registration with CPN and NCS in addition to the newly introduced pre-qualification requirements such as evidence of registration with PENCOM, and evidence of remittance of fund to ITF.

According to him, it will also be nice if the President further mandates MDAs to appoint IT professionals as directors of IT, direct all MDAs t establish IT career structure if not yet in place.

Aderounmu also believed strongly that it is the president that can champion broadband revolution in the country, stressing that the Federal Government should urgently push comprehensive broadband access all over the country, roll out, implement and monitor local content policy to encourage MDAs to patronize indigenous software and hardware among others.

According to him, no nation can grow faster than the level of its IT growth in the modern day economy.

He said, all over the world, IT is a major driver of the economy and deserves to be accorded its deserved position by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government.

“In China today, it is good to know how IT has helped to advance the country’s economy. Same can be said of the trio of Israel, India and Ireland with substantial part of their foreign earnings from software export.

“We hope, early in the life of this administration, in collaboration with relevant government agencies, especially NITDA to convoke an all-inclusive IT Stakeholders’ meeting to chat the path for IT in Nigeria,” he said.

Aderounmu was elected as NCS President on July 24, 2015, during NCS international conference in Ondo State.

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