By Emeka Aginam
LAGOS – In recognition of his enormous contribution and achievement to the development of the Nigerian software industry, the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, ISPON, has called on the Federal Government to honour late Engr. Simeon Agu, the founding father of the group by establishing national software academy in his name as a befitting posthumous award.
ISPON is the apex body of computer software and related services industry in Nigeria.
The President of ISPON, Chris Uwaje who stated this Tuesday in Lagos during night of tributes in honour of the late Agu told Nigerian ICT community that Agu engaged IT and software revolution with potential digital resources for global economic cooperation.
“Agu was in the forefront of software Nigeria. Agu was epitome of local content in software. This is the time to remember him. This is the time to honour him” Uwaje explained.
According to the ISPON President, Agu was not only synonymous with an embodiment of valuable legacies, but indeed, because the knowledge he left behind in the Nigerian software industry has become the most valuable commodity of the 21st century and remains a social continuum.
He described the late Agu as the senior advocate of local content in Nigeria software space, saying he has proven that the survival strategy for the future of Nigeria resides in software innovation, creativity, development and patronage by government.