By TECHNOLOGY TIMES Reporter
Lagos. June 9, 2013: A group of engineers and other professionals offering technical services in the nation’s largest computer market, Computer Village in Ikeja Lagos are floating an industry group to harness the potentials of their sector.
Tayo Oni, Co-Ordinator of the proposed National Association of Computer Engineers and Technicians (NACET) told Technology Times in an exclusive chat that said the proposed body is overdue considering the contributions of technicians to the growth of the nation’s economy especially the ICT sector.
According to him, Ikeja Computer Village is today home to over 2500 professional offering engineering and other technical services who are coming together under the umbrella of NACET to promote growth of their industry sector.
He adds that when the Association concludes its registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), it hopes to expand its tentacles to other market clusters.
Oni who has been playing in the market for more than a decade is the Chief Executive Officer of Tironis Computers also observed that the market evolved over the years from a handful of technicians and computer engineers to the current number which he reckons will grow further in years to come with growing usage of ICTs in the country.
It has become important to have a formal platform to interface with various stakeholders including the government, he adds.
“I have been in this market (Computer Village) for more than a decade and I discovered that we need to have a platform to advance our cause and get integrated into government plans considering the contribution we make in the sector,” Oni says.
The Co-coordinator of the proposed NACET also expressed confidence about the co-operation of members in ensuring that the group succeeds.
According to him, there were inclusive consultations among stakeholders on the structure, name of the association before adoption.
To testify to the acceptance of the proposed body, over 250 members have identified with the group even before a formal take-off, he adds.