By Florence Onuegbu
Lagos – The Computer And Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) has called on the Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, to facilitate the training of technicians abroad.
The CAPDAN’s President, Mr Ojikutu Adeniyi made the call during the working and courtesy visit of the Minister to CAPDAN’s office and the Computer Village business community.
Adeniyi said that the training would make the technicians in Computer Village attain international standard in the execution of their works.
He appealed to the ministry to collaborate with CAPDAN to build incubation centres for more training of the technicians.
According to him, the ministry needs to include into its programme recognition for the informal sector like the Computer Village.
“We need to drive content in the ICT sector so as to develop more Made in Nigeria products.
“The ministry should help us facilitate provision of free broadband in Computer Village, through Nigeria Satellite which is under the ministry.
“We are also requesting for fund for ICT research, to develop Nigeria-based software,” he said.
Adeniyi said that the Computer Village was a large gathering of hardworking, young and old Nigerians who were driven by passion for trade and technology development.
He said that Computer Village had successfully grown the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Nigeria for the past 20 years.
According to him, the hub has the large number of graduate and it contributes immensely to job creation, technical skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development in Nigeria.
“Computer Village has over N1.5 billion turn over everyday online and offline and 3,500 SMEs with brick and mortal.
“Our hub is referred to as the hardware capital of Africa, based on the qualities of hardware solutions we provide,” he said.
Responding, Shittu said that the ministry was aware of the valuable contributions the hub was making toward creating awareness in ICT and Telecommunications to Nigerians.
He said the ministry would do all within its power to ensure local production of computer and telecommunications devices, so that Nigeria would not continue to remain a dumping ground.
According to him, incubation centres are being established annually in many zones and states of the country.
“There is no doubt your contribution to job creation and the nation’s GDP is significant.”
He, however noted several complains by Nigerians of sharp practices by some members of the village and urged officials of the association to bring this to an end. (NAN)