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Building Capacity Key To Nigeria Software Development – New ISPON Executive



The newly elected Executives of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) have said building adequate human capacity is the only way to guarrantee Nigeria’s future in global multi-billion dollars software industry.

Speaking to the Media in Lagos weekend, ISPON President, Dr. Yele Okeremi said this is the reason why the current National Executive Council’s agenda revolves around human capacity building, adding that ” the agenda was necessitated by the need to solve fundamental issues in the Nigerian software industry.”
Dr. Okeremi, who doubles as the Founder/CEO of Precise Financial Systems (PFS) identified the inability to develop human capitals as one of the banes of the industry and the country at large.

“Why do I say that? You take a look at the rest of the world; those who are most successful, what is their field? They are mostly software/technology companies. What do we see in Nigeria? The people who have money, so to speak, how productive are they? So, that disconnect is what Nigeria has lived with for several years,” he said.
Speaking furthere, the President said there are impediements to the industry including human obstacles.

“Because they have refused to develop they blockade the avenues to development. So, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy- you hear things like, ‘oh, don’t mind them. Nigerian software developers can’t deliver’. With that mind-set, they can’t invest in the developers.
“Eventually, something happens and they have need to resort to the indigenous developers; but because you have neither believed nor invested in the capacity building of these developers, who do you think they will deliver. It is like in football or any other sports- if the players fail to practice they cannot deliver!”, he added.

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The reason they couldn’t deliver is because of self-fulfilling prophecy. You prophesised on them, ‘you are unproductive’. So, this cycle needs to be broken.
“There are two ways to break the cycle- from the demand or/and supply sides. On the demand side, you go telling people, ‘buy Nigerian software’. The question should be, ‘why should they buy’? We do not really have much control over them. But we can talk to ourselves as practitioners and say, ‘guys’ let’s do certain things differently.

“When we can assure ourselves that if you do the right things results are guaranteed, everybody will fall in line”.

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