It was the consensus of members of the panel that participated in the NITRA Technology Forum 2021 that lack of awareness and inadequate infrastructural development, are the main challenges that can truncate the achievement of 30% growth in local hosting in Nigeria by 2024.
The Forum, with the theme: Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting By 2024, organised by the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association, NITRA, at CitiHeight Hotel, Ikeja, as well as live online ,on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
It will be recalled that in the policy document prepared and released by the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, in August 2019,it was expressly stated as a policy goal and objective to, to ensure a 30% increase in the adoption of cloud computing by 2024 among Federal Public Institutions, FPI and SMEs that provide digital-enabled services to the government.
“Cloud computing has been described as the greatest game changer, since the creation of the internet and it is one of the fastest growing areas of technology today”, stressed Chike Onwuegbuchi, Chairman of NITRA, while delivering his opening speech at the event.
In his remarks, Muhammed Rudman, the Chairman of the occasion, who is also the CEO of Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria, IXPN and the President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NiRA, stated that local hosting in Nigeria will reduce the huge capital flight, “This reduction in capital flight, also leads to higher quality of service, as local hosting enables websites run about three times faster than those hosting overseas”, Rudman further stressed.
Ayotunde Coker, MD of Rack Centre, in his submission at the event, stressed the need for the development of the electricity infrastructure in the country as well as the growth of software, to enable Nigeria achieve the objective 30% increase in the adoption of cloud computing by 2024.
Aderemi Adejumo, MD, CloudFlex, in his own contribution, stressed that Cloud computing is a $450 million business annually, in Africa and 95% of that amount is sent out of Africa as Forex because many Africans are still hosting overseas. He urged Nigerians to host locally, as local hosting centres in Nigeria hardly have down times.
The DG, NITDA, Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, represented by Mrs. Chioma Okey Aguguo, gave a keynote address at the event. “For data to be a source of wealth, it needs to be secured. Not only the security, but also the sovereignty”, Kashifu stressed, on the importance of hosting locally.
The maiden edition of NITRA’s Magazine, Technology Echo, was unveiled at the event by the representative of the DG of NITRA, Mrs. Chioma Okey Aguguo, supported by Muhammed Rudman, Chairman of the event as well as panel members on the high table.
The event was attended by many industry stakeholders, members of NITRA and the general public, with many in the audience, asking the members of the panel questions on how Nigeria achieve the objective
In his closing remarks, Lucas Ajanaku, Vice Chairman of NITRA, in his closing remarks, assured that members of the Association, will continue to create the necessary awareness for Nigerians to host locally, in order to achieve the objective.
Featured Image: Representative of the NITDA DG, Mrs. Chioma Okey Aguguo and members of the panel, unveiling the NITRA Magazine, Technology Echo, at the NITRA Technology Forum, held at CitiHeight Hotel, Ikeja, as well as live online ,on Thursday, May 27, 2021