The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, has described the absence of regulations on importation of software products and services into the country, as a major challenge for the development of local software for the nation’s ICT.

Speaking at the formal presentation of a National Software Policy, Professor Angaye, claimed the production of local software is capable of stemming the current security challenges, in addition to reducing capital flight experienced with the importation of foreign software.

He promised that the agency will address the ineffective policy formulation and implementation procedure in order to nurture the growith of the local software industry.

Presenting a copy of the policy, chairman of the committee that produced it, Professor Oluwole Akinyokun, advised the federal government to promote the mass development of software human capital for the promotion of the nation’s emerging ICT base.

ICT is the world’s fastest growing body of knowledge that is transforming resource-based economies to knowledge-based economies and with the introduction of a National Software Policy, Nigeria is expected to be a major player in the global information highway.