IBM to boost software development in Nigeria

IBM says it will establish a software incubation centre and support ICT skills development programmes in Nigeria.

This emerged during a working visit of  the Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer of IBM, Virginia ‘Ginni’ Rometty, to the Ministry in Abuja.

During the working visit, Rometty announced that IBM would establish an innovation centre in Nigeria by the first quarter of 2014 and fund major ICT research projects, complementing the efforts of the Ministry of Communication Technology’s iDEA incubation centres to make Nigeria a hub for software innovation. 

As part of IBM’s renewed focus and commitment to Africa and Nigeria in particular, Rometty also announced that IBM will leverage its extensive ICT curriculum to partner to train thousands of young Nigerians and fund ICT research projects in Nigeria on ICT skills and prepare them to solve major ICT issues and challenges and would in the short to medium term be establishing an Innovation Centre in Nigeria that would complement existing centres in South Africa and Kenya.

Rometty emphasised: “IBM is committed to Nigeria’s ICT development agenda and is poised to partner with the Communications Technology sector on various initiatives and programmes that will impact positively on the economy as IBM continues to invest in key focus areas of technology development in Nigeria, and Africa.’’

The Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, commended IBM for its renewed focus and commitment to Nigeria after a long history of operations in Nigeria. She commented that IBM’s investment in an innovation centre, research funding and training and development of local skills was a welcome response to the Ministry’s continued call for multinational ICT companies to partner with the Ministry to develop a local ICT industry that can take advantage of the tremendous opportunities in the ICT sector. 

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