Technology driver of other sectors, says Asseco chief
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Nigeria’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Odein Ajumogobia, has advised businesses wishing to optimise resources and increase production to embrace technology, adding that it is the force that sits at driving seat of economic development.
Ajumogobia who has just joined the Board of Asseco Software Nigeria Ltd (Asseco Nigeria) as its chairman, said leveraging technology effectively will accelerate the development of the economy as it is an enabler to other sectors.
Asseco Nigeria is a subsidiary of Asseco Poland S.A., one of the leading and fastest growing European software companies.
The former Minister of State Petroleum Resources who reacted to his appointment as the chair Asseco board, said: “I am delighted to represent Asseco Nigeria as its chairman. Technology is the driving force of many sectors and its effective use in Nigeria will elevate the country economically. Asseco is focused on building a sustainable software business in Nigeria by developing local talent to provide advanced technology solutions much needed in both private and public sectors across the country. I believe that Asseco’s presence and growth in Nigeria will be a significant contribution to the drive for increased transparency, automation, security and economic development through the use of technology.”
Asseco has been present in Nigeria since 2013 and it is currently one of the largest Polish investors in Nigeria, focused on adding value locally in Nigeria.
Its CEO in Nigeria, Simon Melchior, said: “Asseco’s success around the world has led it to become the fastest growing of the Top 10 European software companies for the past 3 consecutive years. This has been due to its strategy of international expansion and empowering its subsidiaries to add value locally.”
To this end, Asseco Nigeria has focused on developing its local content by hiring a number of Nigerian software developers that are creating solutions specific for Nigerian entities.
“Asseco Nigeria has the mandate and ability to customize, develop and implement integrated software solutions and to provide local support from Nigeria to its customers. This strategy is quite different from other international companies present in the country,” Melchior added.
The Asseco Group is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the New York NASDAQ and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, employing about 20,000 people in over 40 countries, Nigeria being its hub for West Africa.
Asseco Nigeria’s areas of activity include Financial Services (banking, insurance and capital markets), Enterprises (power & utilities, telecommunications, fast moving consumer goods) and Public Administration (with a special focus on eGovernment, taxes, land use, health, social security and defense). Of particular significance is the group’s track record of active participation in the automation of central and local government processes in Central & Eastern Europe, to make government more efficient and closer to its citizens as well as Asseco’s experience of providing complex software systems to Polish power distribution companies after the recent privatization of the Polish power sector. Being the only Central & Eastern European company to have completed over 30 defence projects directly for the European Union (EU) and for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Asseco also has proper credentials as well as facility and personnel clearances to provide advanced security solutions to the Nigerian government.