Professional wants NITDA do more to promote local software production

According to him, NITDA is in a better position to make the software to function well because of its mandate as an information technology agency.

 

An information technology professional, Mr Adeoye Aderogba, has advised the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to do more to encourage production of indigenous software.

 

Aderogba, Executive Secretary, Information Technology Systems Security Professionals, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.

 

He said that NITDA should do more to promote  local content development.

 

He reacted to Federal Government’s rejection of Universities Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), an indigenous software for payment of university lecturers’ salaries.

 

According to him, NITDA is in a better position to make the software to function well because of its mandate as an information technology agency.

 

“I want to speak on the current statement  by NITDA Director-General, Dr Kashifu Inuwa, that UTAS, endorsed by ASUU, failed integrity test.

 

“The agency is meant to develop information technology as the name implies.

 

“It means that the agency should be in a better position to ensure that UTAS system works better.

 

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”This is an expectation from NITDA as an agency that promotes local software development,’’ he said.

 

The IT professional said that ASUU’s alternative software to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS)  should have  been looked into and necessary amendments made.

 

He said that UTAS system of payment should have been improved upon after failing integrity test, to encourage indigenous software development.

 

He added that NITDA should encourage development of a robust local software and make it effective and  pass integrity test.

 

NAN reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities had presented UTAS to the Federal Government as its preferred alternative to IPPIS.

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