Buhari Appoints New Heads For 13 FG Agencies

Muhammadu-Buhari-UNGeneral-AssemblyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of Chief Executives for 13 Federal Government agencies.

A list of the new Chief Executives was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointments are:

Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board.

Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement.

Sharon Ikeazor, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Princess Akodundo Gloria, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mr Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).

Dr. Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

Importation of software is the bane of Nigeria’s ICT

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.