Due to the incessant import of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) software and hardware by Nigeria, technology experts reveal that by 2020, Nigeria would have spent N120bn on the importation of foreign technologies.
At the recently concluded fifth Telecom Executives and Regulators’ Forum (TERF) held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, it was revealed that Nigeria imports not less than 80 percent ICT software and hardware, daily.
During the TERF forum, the Head of the Southwest Zonal Office of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mrs Chioma Okee-Aguguo, who represented the Director-General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami, said that NITDA’s aim is to ensure that indigenous firms in Nigeria are awarded a larger percentage of ICT procurement. According to him, this motive in no time will make Nigeria self-sufficient in creating her own software and hardware technologies.
Aguguo noted that due to the dynamic nature of technology, Nigeria as a country must learn to be in line with the trends to foster innovation and development.
According to Aguguo, NITDA will not relent in its support for local vendors offering Over The Top (OTT) services in the ICT industry.
Speaking on behalf of the Director General, Aguguo added that NITDA’s regulatory guidelines on Nigerian content on ICT sets the tone for OTT services, data and information management, and human capacity development.
“NITDA seeks to ensure that a larger percentage of ICT procurement is actually awarded to Nigerian indigenous firms. The target is for the country to be sufficiently producing software and hardware devices.”
Also contributing was the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta. He bemoaned the influx of mediocre and illegal ICT devices in both developed and developing countries.
Danbatta noted that lack of proper scrutiny of the products by the officials in charge is unhealthy for Nigeria’s Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) as well as the security system.
“According to Deloitte in its 2018 Nigeria cybersecurity outlook, cybercrime is estimated to cost the Nigerian economy about $500 million per annum. Consistent with the Commission’s regulatory mandate, several consultative fora were organized to enlighten stakeholders on the growing menace posed by the influx of cloned and fake ICT devices into the country”, he added.