ICT investment key to Nigeria’s economic growth-SystemSpecs

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Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology

Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology

Indigenous software giant, SystemSpecs has urged the Federal Government to refocus its attention on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for speedy economic growth in light of dwindling oil prices on the international market.

Executive Director of the company, Deremi Atanda, who was a guest on CNBC Africa’s mid-belt programme: ‘Power Lunch’ recently, observed that there was a gap between ICT and government’s fiscal policies which the current administration’s implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) had addressed to a large extent.

He, however, added that there was much room for improvement in the face of ongoing developments locally and internationally.

Nigeria is reportedly lagging behind in the global ICT market share, considering that the sector contributes over 10 percent to the nation’s GDP and can potentially overtake South Africa as the continent’s largest ICT market with more investments.

“There is still a dearth of information, as well as the challenge of connecting IT with governance and national economic policy. But I’m glad the current minister of communication has the path charted already…. Things are being put in place, the industry bodies are also getting to be better structured and we are just very hopeful. Now that Nigeria is out of oil, technology is the next best thing,” he said.

SystemSpecs invented the Remita software which powers the Federal Government’s acclaimed TSA policy, said to have instilled fiscal discipline and accountability, and returned over N3 trillion to the national coffers since it was adopted by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration on September 15, 2015. However, SystemSpecs is still being owed its 1% service charge, to be shared in an agreed formula with Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Despite the setback, Atanda maintained that SystemSpecs remains undaunted considering the positive changes that its software has …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper