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Oracle says FG must explore ICT potentials


ICT experts at a recently concluded Oracle Corporation Roundtable held in Lagos, have advocated that both Federal and State Governments must unanimously adopt technology as an available first-rate resources in Nigeria to salvage the economy from excess dependent on oil and gas, ITRealms reports.

ITRealms gathered that the event was graced by Country Managing Director of Oracle Nigeria, Adebayo Sanni, Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group,(CWG), Mr. Austin Okere, Director General, Lagos State Financial Systems Management Bureau, Abdulahmed Mustapha, and Director, Software at Edo State Information Communication Technology (ICT) Agency, Toju Onaiwu.

Mr. Sanni who spoke in the course of the discussion, told ITRealms that the loss of oil revenues, in a positive way, has compelled the country to give more attention to other areas of the economy, including technology. 

He further highlighted that the country will perform better in the IT space with the necessary skill sets, especially with the private and public sector working harmoniously to ensure the teeming youths in the country are properly equipped.

“39 per cent of firms are already struggling to recruit workers with the advanced Technical Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills they need, and four per cent of firms believe that the shortage will persist over the next three years.” He said.

“Technology is no doubt changing the way we live and work around the world and specifically in Nigeria. Public and private organizations have a responsibility to work together to help young people acquire key business and IT skills that can help them in turn to cultivate long-term success”. He added.

ITRealms learnt that Oracle has partnered with Lagos State Government to complete the phase two of the Lagos State Workforce Development Programme, which would to assist in training graduates on Oracle Database or Oracle E-Business Suite and further provides graduates with opportunities to acquire industry-relevant skills and internships within the private sector and in some of the State’s ministries.

On his part, Director General, Lagos State Financial Systems Management Bureau, Abdulahmed Mustapha, ITRealms learnt has affirmed that the army of unemployed youths portends a great danger as such, necessitates the State Governments conscious effort to work with Oracle to find better ways to serve the citizens.

“Oracle Systems have helped us keep our money well in terms of record keeping, which springs over to infrastructural development. In Lagos with about 20 million populations, every Lagosian needs one service or the other. So, technology is the only apparatus that will help less than 200,000 government workers to deliver services to the people and promptly.” He said.

ITRealms gathered that Oracle solutions have helped individuals, corporate firms and key government sectors in the areas of auditing and scrutinizing the workforce for ghost workers and procurement and payment systems done using Oracle system.

ITRealms also learnt that technology have added to the creation of over six billion jobs, even as the world economy has increased by $193billion at the World Economic Forum 2014.

Daniel Nsolibe/GEE


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