Some Nigerian technology developers that are passionate about boosting national development have called on government to invest more in software development in order to meet and surpass the technology needs of the people.
They said unless government invest more in software development, it would not be able to boost technology education that is needed to advance the country beyond its present level.
They frowned to a situation where
"The software industry is collapsing and government needs to invest in this area and develop it to a standard that will be appealing to technology developers," they said, during a panel session at an event organised by Red Media Africa, owners of Future Award Africa and Y Niger.
Given reasons for organising the event, Managing Partner, Red Media Africa, Mr. Chude Jideowon, said: "The essence of the event is to facilitate networking among people in the technology space. We were able to bring together, developers, entrepreneurs in the technology space as well as start-ups, in a bid to develop the country's technology ecosystem."
He further explained that the gathering was designed to celebrate technology practitioners in the country, aimed at promoting their businesses.
"We are looking at people that will inspire others in the technology industry and contribute to the development of the country, through technology solutions and innovation, hence we put together the event, which turned out to be very successful," Jideowon said.
He insisted that Nigerians were innovative people that could develop good software solutions that would address local needs, and called on government at all levels to support software development in the country.
During the panel session, some of the panelists were of the view that capacity building among Nigerians was key to technology development, and called on government to put in place the right policies that would enhance technology innovation among youths.
They were optimistic that mobile games and mobile services would drive technology innovation by 2020, if the right policies are put in place.
Head eCommerce at GTBank, Ololade Bolade, who spoke on the need to develop the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country, advised start-ups to develop their base line, rather than pushing for loans from financial institutions, that do come with high interest rates.
"At GTB, we had long discovered that SMEs need the right technology aside finance, to grow. Innovation has been our priority in GTB and through research, we created the SME segment within the bank operations. It is an online eCommerce platform that is open to start-ups that may not have a good website or an online platform to showcase their goods and services," Bolade said.
Our online site enables them to go online, and within minutes they are able to develop a functional website of their own, she further explained, adding: "In the area of finance, we are aware that funding is crucial to any business and what we do at GTB is to offer finance, based on the viability of the business and the stage of development of the business."
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