Nigerian Senate recommends ICT local content development for economic growth

Ike Ekweremadu, the Nigerian Deputy Senate President, has advised the government to step up its efforts in developing local content in the nation’s flourishing telecoms sector.

According to the senators, Nigeria needs to quickly introduce stronger economic policies that will greatly improve local content development. This is in line with the view of several IT experts who insist with the abundant human and material resources in Nigeria, the nation can boost its economy if it is able to effectively manage its resources.

In his speech receiving the President of St Kitts and Nevis Denzil Douglas, Ekweremadu said the largest African nation has immense local content and urged the government at all levels to harness them to achieve quantum development in the nation’s economy.

Also speaking was the host of the event, Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of IT solutions provider Zinox Group. He noted with stronger economic policies, Nigeria will become more competitive. He added that with a more business friendly environment, Nigerian businesses will thrive.

Ekeh advised the government to focus more on diversifying the nation’s economy. This he said is a winning growth strategy for Nigeria.

Dr Chris Uwaje, President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), asked Nigerian economy stakeholders to aspire to create a knowledge-driven economy by focusing on improving local content development.

“Software development portends a competitive edge for the country. Nigeria can generate billions of revenue if we can get the policies right, which will drive the country’s knowledge economy vision. ICT remains the future and we must create space for its development,” the ISPON president said.

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