FG urged to ban importation of computer hardware | The Guardian Nigeria News

FG urged to ban importation of computer hardware | The Guardian Nigeria News

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ought to, directly, toe the trail of the Indian authorities, which just lately imposed restrictions on the importation of laptops, tablets, all-in-one private computer systems and ultra-small computer systems in addition to servers with instant impact.
This is the view of some specialists throughout the sector.

This is within the spirit of product nationalism whereby nations intentionally promote patronage of do-it-yourself services and products to enhance native productiveness, create extra jobs, encourage proficiency, and discourage capital flight.
In addition, this can assist construct religion in Nigeria, which is Tinubu’s sermon.
Statistics from the International Trade Centre confirmed that $1.09 billion was spent on software program acquisition and importation of computer providers into Nigeria in 5 years from 2016 to 2020.
The breakdown confirmed that software program and computer providers value $123.89m had been imported in 2016, the determine jumped to $216.57 million in 2017, $257.55 million in 2018 and dipped to $159.28 million in 2019, earlier than rocketing to $336.43 million in 2020.
Indeed, some Nigerian technocrats and ICT professionals have advisable the Indian coverage for the Nigerian authorities, arguing {that a} ban on the importation of computer systems and allied hardware is what is required to give a lift to the indigenous corporations producing the identical merchandise in-country, some of that are struggling.
A Fellow of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and former President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chris Uwaje, mentioned Tinubu ought to undertake the India coverage in addition to make it obligatory that each one overseas computer producers arrange native manufacturing services in Nigeria in partnership with indigenous computer corporations.
To additional encourage such partnership, he advisable that such new producers ought to be given pioneer standing incentives of a minimal of 5 to seven years.
Another ICT skilled, Dotun Ali-Balogun, urged the president to mandate that each one authorities ICT operations are run on the technical power of regionally assembled computer systems.
His thought was corroborated by two different digital geeks, Messrs Michael Ikeogwu and Ayodele Ogundele, who posited that now’s the perfect time for the Federal Government to undertake the Buy-Nigeria coverage in ICT as a manner of discouraging capital flight and inspiring native productiveness.

The new India coverage is precisely what the Tinubu authorities ought to do, Ali-Balogun careworn.
“The Federal Government ought to undertake a coverage that bans importation of computer hardware particularly these which might be already being assembled in Nigeria. This won’t solely assist enhance native manufacturing, however it’ll additionally encourage effectivity in native manufacturing, create jobs, direct and oblique, by way of the complete worth chain, together with entrepreneurs, assist providers and logistics,” he added.
Nigeria has a pair of indigenous computer hardware assembling corporations, with some of them having technically-proven merchandise in phrases of requirements.
Available information lists native computer and allied product makers to embrace RLG, Beta, Data House Technologies, Zinox, Acti-Tech Limited, amongst others.
While it may be argued that almost all of them are struggling and will lack the capability to meet native demand, the identical can’t be mentioned of Zinox, which has since its rollout in 2001 as Nigeria’s first actually globally-certified computer model gone forward to execute mega ICT tasks.


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