Prioritise Local Content,eStream Boss Tells FG


Prioritise Local Content, e.Stream Boss Tells FG
By Pelumi Olaleye
The Chief Executive Officer, e.Stream Networks, Mr Muyiwa Ogungboye has tasked the federal government to priotise local content and not make lip service to the cause.
According to him, Nigeria do not have a protective policy for citizens in terms of investment and employment and that leaves cause to worry about.
He said this, during the third quarterly forum of the umbrella body of technology reporters; Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA).
The event, which was themed ‘Local content in Nigeria’s ICT sector: Stimulant for National Economic Recover’,had all stakeholders across the economy represented.
According to him, Ghana who is a neighbouring country, has one of the most protective policy for her citizens in terms of employment and investment and “Majority of developed countries do not pay lip service to the issue of employment of their citizens. As a matter of fact, they make sure that their nationality is always considered for any employment opportunity before any other nationality is considered.
“Nigeria as a nation needs to stop the idea of citizens not been given the first consideration even when they have the knowledge. Nigeria should be worked by the investment and employment policies.”
He further stated that, Nigeria needs to develop its ICT sector by reducing its dependency on importation.
“The naturalization of the sector has attracted some life investment into the country, but the country needs to develop its sector by making it less import independent till then, Dr. Mrs Mobolaji Johnson,former minister of communication technology,created an office under NITDA, called the office of the Nigerian local content, who is in charge of the responsibility of making the ICT and telecommunication sector less dependent on importation.”
He further gave nine recommendations which if implemented will make the sector more independent and also improve the local content.
They include drawing the plan to comprehensively develop the ICT sector,
ATCON, on its part noted that since the inauguration of the ONC ,there is little or no productive activity to drive the guideline that will be published. ATCON tasked NCC and ONC to come up with short and long term plan.
“This plan will enable the entire ICT, to know the area where they can invest in their investable funds”.