Mr James Emadoye, the new President of Institute of Software Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) Monday unfolded the vision of the new leadership of the influential software advocacy group to grow the local software industry.
Emadoye, who succeeds Pius Okigbo Jnr as President of ISPON following the Annual General Meeting of the body is also the Chief Executive Officer of BSSL technologies, an information technology consultancy and software services company in Lagos.
The new National Executive Council of ISPON emerged after the April 29 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ISPON.
Emadoye’s vision is make the country’s software attractive to citizens and also compete favourably with their foreign counterpart in the software development business.
On his watch, ISPON will become more relevant in the new Nigeria towards contributing to help position the economy on the right path by providing required solutions locally to combat unemployment, corruption and development challenges, the new President says.
”The vision is very clear. We want to make sure that we are able to make Nigeria software attractive to Nigerians such that we do not waste billions of scare resources importing what we can produce locally” Emadoye said at the press briefing and official handing over ceremony of the software advocacy group held in Lagos.
“Honestly our attraction to foreign product is a major hindrance to economic growth and progress of the nation. We are challenged as professionals in software development to enforce professionalism, improve the quality of our products and provide the highest standards that are obtainable anywhere in the world”, the new ISPON President says.
He also pledged his loyalty in continuing the good work of his predecessor especially in the drive of local content adoption by individuals, corporates and government.
”We would keep encouraging individuals and government to adopt local content such that we can create opportunity for Nigerians to get employment in Nigeria”, he adds.
”We would also pursue necessary policies and government to understand what software is all about, we would make them understand that if they cannot patronise Made-in-Nigeria, then it is not necessary to offer computer science programmes in our tertiary institutions”, he adds.
When asked by news men on how he intends to achieve this objective, the new ISPON President adds that, ”the institute is already discussing ways of bringing in standard organisations like International Organization for Standardization (ISO) such that software produced in Nigeria passes through the required standards”
He also announced the names of the new National Executive Council of ISPON, which he describes as ”the best hands in the profession in Nigeria” to include: Mr. Yele Okeremi MD, PFS as 1st Vice President while former General Secretary, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, CEO, Infographics Nigeria Ltd became 2nd Vice President. The New General Secretary of the Institute is Mr. Titus Olowokere General Manager, Application Services, ipNX and Mr. Bimbo Abioye, MD of FinTrak Software emerged Treasurer.
Mr. James Agada Group MD of Computer Warehouse Group is the new Chair of Education and Capacity Building Committee; Pius Ekeh Jnr, MD, Mobile Software Solutions Ltd remains Chairman, Media & Publicity Committee and Mr. Ikenna Ononuju of NITECH Software Ltd was elected Chair of Policy & Strategy Committee.