Experts under the auspices of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) have called on the Nigerian government to work towards implementing the executive orders on local content.
According to Nigeria Communications Week, the call was made at the president dinner of the institute over the weekend.
Speaking during the dinner, the institute’s president, Olorogun James Emadoye affirmed that the importance of local content across various sector of the ICT industry cannot be overlooked.
“ISPON believes that Nigeria can record some significant achievement in the world software business and global market if Nigerians support local content.”
The software practitioners want the government to ensure the implementation of Executive Orders relating to local content, in order to give local players in the software industry a chance for improvement while also reducing competition from foreign firms.
Implementation of policies relating to local content will no doubt be a plus for the Nigerian ICT space, even when Andela, Switch, and the likes are contributing to the growth and development of skilled developers in the country.
Also speaking at the event, the President of Computer Professional (Registration Council of Nigeria) (CPN), Prof. Charles Uwadia said the implementation of policies relating to local content is about the future of the country — the children.
“If we don’t implement it, we will continue to have brain drain in the country,” Uwadia said.