Nigeria: Software Development Policy Ready Soon
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says that the policy for software, hardware and network development will be ready in the second quarter of 2010. The Director-General of NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, said this during a facility tour of the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) in Lagos on Friday.
Angaye said that there was the need to regulate the development of software and hardware for effective services. He noted that there had been a lot of scam messages from Nigeria, stressing the need to monitor the networks so as to identify the Internet Protocols (IP) where such messages were coming from.
Angaye said that NITDA would soon establish a software development-testing centre, where the quality of any software developed in the country would be evaluated. The NITDA chief, however, urged the government to patronise made-in-Nigeria software.
He said that a lot of quality software had been developed in the country, adding that what the developers needed was encouragement.
"The more we patronise them, the more the developers can expand their businesses," he said. Angaye said that since Nigeria was now operating a knowledge-based economy, there was the need to make the country the hub of software development in Africa.