Nigeria’s Ministry for Communications Technology recently formed an Information Technology (IT) business incubation centre committee. According to the Nigerian Minster for Communications Technology, Ms. Omobola Johnson, the committee will develop a framework that will help incubate and develop IT companies that will contribute to national development.
According to her:
“We have identified software as a key area of focus for Nigeria going forward for obvious reasons. There are 80 million or so mobile phones users in Nigeria today and they need software. We also have a youth population that embraces technology.
“I have met over 10 Nigerians who won competitions both in Nigeria and outside Nigeria practicing software. These are people who have gone to Geneva and all over the world participating and winning software competitions and doing Nigeria proud. And we hosted with the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), three Nigerian universities that emerged tops in software.
“So software development is going to be a priority for us going forward. We are going to use the IT incubation centres to nurture, develop and push out to the market, Nigerian software entrepreneurs that will become the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of Nigeria and of the world.”
What do you think about the recently formed IT incubation center committee? Any tips on areas they should focus on as they work on a framework to nurture Nigeria’s IT super stars?