Nigeria launches tech innovation programme

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Image: Omobola Johnson. By Nigerian Government
Omobola Johnson

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, has launched a new technology innovation programme - called Technlaunchpad - to help develop the local software industry. This initiative is a collaboration between Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and industry partners (Chevron, ExxonMobil, Total, FirstBank, Access Bank, Accenture, Digital Jewel and others).

The Minister during the inauguration said the programme would accelerate software development in the country. To ensure a smooth take-off of the programme, a 15- man Steering Committee on the Technology Innovation Programme was also inaugurated by the minister to drive the process of selecting and mentoring young software developers for the country.

The programme seeks software solutions (in beta stage) that can address specific challenges in the industries. In the first phase of roll-out of this plan, the programme will focus on software solutions that can address challenges in the Analytics(BI), Mobility (Payment/Collection), CRM (Social Media Aggregator), Digital Media (Marketing, Webcast, Subscription), Fraud Management, Oil and Gas Repair and Maintenance, Oil and Gas Decision Assistance.



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