I am quite disturbed that our local software industry is not growing at the pace it ought to, at least when compared to that of other developing nations. Is it that Nigerians are not capable of delivering world-class products and services? Or can this simply be attributed to our unbridled desire for anything foreign? These and many other questions are begging for answers, which we must provide, otherwise we might as well forget playing any significant role in the fast paced ICT world. We might as well just remain a consuming nation, both online and offline. This, however, is not the best for our country.
There is the need for us to step up our game in the ICT world to be reckoned with in the comity of nations.
ICT is ruling the world presently in the military, civil and social life of the citizens. Any country that refuses to move in tandem with the flow and pays lip service to issues of developing this sector will be left behind to pick the crumbs that fall from the table of countries that take it seriously. I read about a group called the “Syrian Electronic Army” that hacked some web properties belonging to President Barack Obama and his team – this simply points to the fact that Nigeria needs to start recruiting, training and equipping her own cyber army that will defend her when the need arises.
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