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Nigeria: concern over IT project failure

July 30, 2013 • Top Stories, West Africa

nigeriaNigeria Communications Week reports that experts at the Nigeria Computer Society’s 11th International Conference have expressed serious concern over the number of abandoned IT-related projects.
Industry experts have reportedly urged the government to include professionals in the planning and execution of IT projects.

The publication quotes Rogba Adeoye, Chairman of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Lagos State Chapter, as saying that Nigeria has “gained notoriety as a country with most failed IT projects.”

“Nigeria is a place where most IT projects fail globally, not for the lack of professionals rather the right people are not involved during contracts appropriation. And the business people who get these projects are driven by the spirit of get rich quick. “We have seen instances where biometric project is contracted out to a bricklayer because he is well connected to the authorities (people in government) to the detriment of our national security,” said Adeoye.

According to Nigeria Communications Week Adeoye illustrated his point by making reference to the moribund national identity card project, which is reported to have been stopped because of a data capturing issue.

Industry analysts and experts have also voiced concern over the continued outsourcing of national security projects to foreign companies.

Staff writer

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