2014: Software developers seek govt incentives

Software developers under the auspices of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria have called on the Federal Government to prioritise the need to to provide inceptive mechanisms to grow indigenous software market. President, ISPON, Dr. Chris Uwaje, who stated this in an interview, said such incentives should also be extended to service providers and investors that are ready to accelerate the growth of the software industry.

Stressing the need for Nigeria to direct policy direction at engendering robust software sector in the country, Uwaje also tasked the government to develop appropriate strategies for software research, innovation and development. He said government should also develop strategies that stimulate demand for locally developed software products and services.

Government, he said, should ensure that the National Software Policy establishes software development, growth and services as a major vehicle for creating national wealth with direct and significant impact on Nigerian economy. In a related development, ISPON at its 2013 annual conference held in Calabar, Cross Rivers State recently with other local and international stakeholders put forward a number of recommendations towards developing local software sector to boost the country’s Gross National Products, GDP.

The stakeholders, in a communiqué issued after the conference, reckoned that Nigeria was capable and should devise strategies to champion the accelerated improvement of Africa’s knowledge index, tasking the government to ensure that education environment is integrated with knowledge laboratories and techno- enabled lecturer and trainers is a strategic imperative. With a youth population of 60 per cent, the stakeholders said Nigeria should build the capacity and capability to demystify technology innovation.

“There is a need for the establishment of future schools models to champion emerging challenges of globalisation and ensure national security and survivability,” the communiqué said. According to them “Mastery of Information and Communication Technology Software represents a predictable framework for Nigeria’s competitiveness – the National Software Competition at education and industry levels should be vigorously promoted.”

They also called for the establishment of an international e-learning centre for Economic Community of West Africa States/Africa in Nigeria to act as a clearing-house for domestication of e-leaning technology research and standards.

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