Panellists at the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Stakeholders’ Forum have urged the Lagos State Government to increase its adoption of Information Technology in governance.
They gave the advice at the NCS Lagos 2019 Stakeholders’ Forum held in Lagos on Wednesday.
The event was themed “NCS @ 40: NCS Lagos Roadmap in the next Dispensation’’.
The forum had in attendance Dr Femi Hamzat, the Lagos State Deputy Governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking at the event, Mr Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Managing Director, Infographics, said that “in order to build Lagos of our dream, there is need to build capacity of the people’’.
According to him, everything today is digital and so the need to ensure that the country’s capable hands in many fields do not leave the country.
“Our software people are leaving the country and this is so because they are instantly in demand and our local companies cannot afford to pay them.
“There is need to rapidly increase the capacity of the state to produce the human capital needed to push the state forward,’’ Mba-Uzoukwu said.
He said that as regards the educational sector, there should be huge deployment of broadband that would enable the sector to go to the next level.
Mba-Uzoukwu noted that broad partnership with private sector would help in the development of educational sector in the country.
He said the only way to grow technology was to grow the NCS and the Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN).
Mba-Uzoukwu said that all Information Communication Technology (ICT) projects should be given to registered members to monitor.
Dr Charles Onyeukwu, Managing Director, ETO Investment, said that transport was a big issue in the state, saying that if not well managed, could affect productivity.
According to him, if there are adequate Lagbuses, people will gladly park their cars and join the buses to avoid the constant gridlock on the roads.
“A partnership with NCS and CPN will ensure that local content is adopted in tackling the transport issue in the state,’’ he said.
Mr Bayo Atekoye, Managing Director, PowerSoft advised the state government to use ICT by adopting e-ticketing system, noting that lagbus should adopt e-ticketing system.
Mr Bayero Agabi, Managing Director, Digivation, said that there was need to make Lagos a digital hub in Africa, saying that to attain that, there was need to build capacity.
He also called on the state government to massively embark on the catch-them -young system to ensure that they were part of the digital process.
Mr Rogba Adeoye, a member of the National Executive Council of the NCS, said that the outflow of the country’s experts was not good, saying that this would not drive the smart city that was being clamoured for.
Hamzat, the Deputy Governorship candidate of APC said that if elected, they would address the issues raised by the stakeholders.
Hamzat, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, said that for Lagos state to attain the Mega City status, it needed to leverage on private sector participation.
He also said that if elected into government, they would set up incubation centres where the youth would converge and come out with technology solutions that would aid the state in achieving the mega city initiative.
“As a city we need to first of all fix our homes and this will come in form of training of the youth with the digital skills that will help them in future.
“Lagos on its own has 518 tech start-ups and what we must do is to leverage private sector in building their capacity, using these start-ups solutions to try and tackle the challenges that are being faced in the state, ” Hamzat said.