FG Urged to Ban Importation of Foreign Computer Hardware

Emma Okonji

The federal authorities has been referred to as upon to toe the trail of Indian authorities by inserting restriction order on all international laptop {hardware}, so as to promote native manufacturing and assemblage of indigenous laptop in Nigeria.

Some Nigerian technocrats and ICT professionals who beneficial the India coverage for the Nigerian authorities, argued {that a} ban on importation of computer systems and allied {hardware} would give a lift to the indigenous corporations producing identical merchandise in-country, some of that are struggling.

India not too long ago imposed restrictions on importation of laptops, tablets, all-in-one private computer systems and ultra-small computer systems and servers with quick impact.

According to the technocrats, the transfer to do identical in Nigeria is within the spirit of product nationalism whereby nations intentionally promote patronage of home- made services to increase native productiveness, create extra jobs, encourage proficiency, and discourage capital flight.

They subsequently urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to take a look at the Indian coverage on importation of laptop {hardware} and do identical in Nigeria.

Former President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), and Fellow of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Mr. Chris Uwaje, stated President Tinubu ought to undertake the Indian coverage in addition to make it obligatory that every one international laptop producers arrange native manufacturing services in Nigeria in partnership with indigenous laptop corporations.

To additional encourage such partnership, he recommends that such new producers ought to be given pioneer standing incentives of a minimal of 5 to seven years.

Another ICT skilled, Mr. Dotun Ali-Balogun, urged President Tinubu to mandate that every one authorities ICT operations are run on the technical power of regionally assembled computer systems.

His thought was corroborated by two others, Messrs Michael Ikeogwu and Ayodele Ogundele who posited that now could be the very best time for the federal authorities to undertake Buy-Nigeria coverage in ICT as a means of discouraging capital flight and inspiring native productiveness.

The new Indian coverage is precisely what the Tinubu authorities ought to do, Balogun stated.

“The Federal Government ought to undertake a coverage that bans importation of laptop {hardware}, particularly these which can be already being assembled in Nigeria. This won’t solely assist increase native manufacturing, it can encourage effectivity in native manufacturing, create jobs, direct and oblique, by means of your complete worth chain, together with entrepreneurs, assist companies and logistics,” Balogun added.


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