Wednesday, August 15, 2007

NSTB to hold inaugural meeting in Lagos

The Nigerian Software Testing Board (NSTB) would today, hold its inaugural session in Lagos, according to its President, Mr. Akinwale Akingbade.

He informed that the NSTB board of directors is determined to the local software applications to the next level of its developmental stage.

“The time has come for local applications to hold their place with their foreign rivals adding that this would be the policy that the organization would pursue,” he said.

Mr. Akingbade also said that the software testing board would facilitate a rapid development of local software experts and collaboration among industry products sooner than expected.

As said by him, the new board would have leading industry experts including the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Prof. Cleopas Angaye, Managing Director, United Bank for Africa, Mr. Tony Elumelu and Dean of Student at the University of Lagos, Prof. ABC Longe, as members.

He further said that software testing involves the process of certifying applications that meet the needs for which they are deployed.

He decried that several applications purported said to be good to have failed as a result of inadequate testing that they went through.

"The software testing industry holds a huge promise for Nigeria. The inaugural meeting of the board will mark a new era in the software industry as Nigeria would now begin to get proper classification of software products as is done in other countries," NSTB president declared.

Mr. Akingbade added that among the plans the board intend to put in place for the growth of software testing in Nigeria is the introduction of special courses on software testing in some higher institutions.

He equally said that University of Lagos would likely have a course on software testing for final year students in the next academic calendar.

“Software testing was a very lucrative aspect of computer science that required right skills and that Nigeria recently signed an agreement with the American Software Testing and Qualifications Board to help commence certification examinations on software testing,” he said.

Pointing out that the locally trained people who pass the board’s certification examinations would be awarded a certificate by the International Software Testing and Qualifications Board, the global body in charge of software testing.

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