As the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari prepare to mark its 100 days in office, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has called on the president to appoint one of their own as the minister of Communications Technology.
In a statement, Professor Sola Aderounmu, president, Nigeria Computer Society, said, “We also want to unequivocally assert that a major bane in under performance by some ministers lies in the choice of non-professionals to serve as ministers especially in some key ministries that require some level of technical expertise and understanding of the industry.
“We therefore call on the President that in the choice of Minister for Information Technology and Communication, consideration should be given to a professional in the field of IT who has clear understanding of the challenges of the industry and ways to move it forward for the greater good of the country”.
According to Professor Aderounmu, such person must not only be a practicing IT professional but must possess among other qualifications, membership of local relevant IT bodies i.e Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).
The President, Nigeria Computer Society added that the retrogressive culture of putting square pegs in round holes must end with this administration.
“Similar to what is being done in Ministries of Health and that of Justice, where a Medical personnel and a lawyer are appointed respectively, we request Mr. President to extend same to the ICT ministry.
“We wish to bring it to the attention of the President that IT ministry, if well managed, is able to resolve the job crisis and further create wealth for the nation similar to the ICT revolution going on in India and the rest of Asia,” the statement read.