By Nnamdi Ojiego
The Chief Executive Officer of AAA Infotek Limited, Mr Akinbo Akinlabi has attributed the inability of the country to develop and manufacture telecoms infrastructure components both in the mobile stations, access, transmission and core networks to lack of financial encouragement and enabling environment.
According to him, Nigeria has great IT experts and professionals to man the ICT sector and drive the economy but only lacked the encouragement from the government.
“We want the govt to come up with a policy that will encourage local content and enhance innovations through building or manufacturing capacity in the ICT and Telecoms.
“Govt should identify and encourage small firms because, there are small companies in ICT sector that can make significant contributions to the economy as it is done in other part of the world like China.
Many of the things we are using here are produced by small players in other countries because, they are encouraged financially by their governments. Nigerians have a lot of ideas, we only need supports”, he stated.
Akinlabi however, disclosed that the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, was doing something about the local content to get govt attention and called on the govt and stakeholders to start doing something about developing and manufacturing telecoms equipment in the country.
“As I’m talking to you now, I can’t identify one single component of telecoms infrastructure being made in Nigeria. We can’t continue to depend on foreigners forever for our technology needs.
I want to see Nigeria as a major player in the manufacturing and production of telecoms components. We should learn from Chinese govt in supporting manufacturing sector”, he charged the govt.
In view of this, the IT expert said his company has developed a solution that would assist telecoms operators to optimize their services and reduce costs.