Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology Omobola Johnson has expressed concern over what she describes as an imbalance in terms of the application of local content in the development of ICT.
At the 2013 eNigeria conference, hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja recently, Minister Johnson was quoted in local media as saying that despite the growth experienced within the sector (boasting a tele-density figure of 85.25% in April 2013), the IT landscape “suffers from a clear negative trade balance, as the economic value generated locally with imported technologies used by Nigerians is extremely low,” according to This Day.
The theme of the event was Local Content in ICT Development in Nigeria: The Journey so far the Communications Minister expanded on the mandate set before the NITDA and the objective to achieve 50% local content in the sector.
She reiterated that the Agency was also tasked with engaging stakeholders in the industry to jointly establish ICT local content policy.
Whilst authorities and industry leaders acknowledged there was still work to do to achieve objectives, the introduction of guidelines at the Conference would go a long way to “level the playing field” and enrich the industry.