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Patronise local manufacturers, NCS tells FG

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has admonished the Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to lead the way in patronize local manufacturers of Information Technology products, reports ITRealms.

NCS, President, Professor Sola Aderounmu made this call at the just concluded national conference of the society in Abuja, noting that it is an indisputable fact that the present economic downturn of the nation can no longer sustain the capital flight that the country is known for in time past.

“Outsourcing our ICT needs to foreign organizations cannot be supported by the scarce foreign exchange,” he said.

ITRealms recalls that one of the subthemes at the conference was ‘’Enhancing Security using software systems’’ with panelists maintaining that there is need to have home grown technology instead of relying on the foreign technology to solve our domestic security challenges especially at this time of unstable economy.

They also unanimously agreed that government should look inwards and patronize made in Nigeria goods to save the economy from total collapse. Pointing out that with the Local Content Policy and working with NITDA, as well as office for Nigerian Content in Information Technology, the ICT needs of government MDAs must be localized.

According to the acting executive secretary, NCS, Mr. Iyiola Ayola, the society has some corporate members including Sidmach Technologies Ltd, Dataflex Plc, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, Data Sciences Ltd, Chams PLC,VEDA Technologies, Zinox Technologies Ltd, OMATEK Computers, BETA Computers, RLG Communications, BRIAN Integrated Systems, MainOne Cables, CBC emea, Systemspecs Ltd  and many others.

“We therefore advice the Federal Government to patronize our local certified computer manufacturer organizations in their quest to buy 500,000 computer for the 500,000 unemployed graduates it is in the process of recruiting and deploying to schools and other sectors of the economy. For once, this would shame doubting ‘’Thomas’’ of Government sincerity of purpose,” NCS president was quoted as advocating in a press statement made available to ITRealms.

Insisting that full implementation of the local content policy will definitely create more wealth, resolve the problems of unemployment and build capacity of our youths.

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