Computer body seeks report revisit

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has challenged the government on the need to take a second look at the report of the Stephen Oronsaye-led Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies.

The report had recommended the merger of the regulatory functions of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST). But when the government released its White Paper on the report, it threw that of the ICT sector into the trash can, thus eliciting mixed reaction in the telecoms sector.

President of NCS, Professor David Adewumi, said convergence had become the vogue all over the world, with technologies now converging. He argued that Nigeria could not afford to play the ‘ostrich’ in the community of nations.

He said: “We are totally in support of Oronsanye’s recommendation. It is in the interests of the industry. We urge the government to take a second look at the recommendation. It should not be thrown out completely, because it is in the best interest of our industry.”

He said if the agencies were merged, it would not only save cost, it will also cut the long process of decision making and sometimes, the in-fighting between agencies of government.

“Convergence in the industry will save the government the huge cost on overhead and other expenses incurred by employees of the various agencies with overlapping and conflicting functions.

“The industry will profit from convergence. There will be quality inputs into decision making as stakeholders will contribute their quota to debates about policy implementation. It is going to be a win-win situation for the industry and we all will be better for it,” the university don explained.


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