Mr. Jide Awe, Chief Executive Officer, Jidaw Systems Limited, described the collaboration as a sign of confidence in Nigeria by the global tech giant and identifying the country as a huge market filled with immense digital possibilities.
He said it had become imperative for digitalization to be high on the nation’s development agenda, as that was the only way to build a productive, competitive and sustainable nation in this era.
“Prioritising digital transformation and development is about creating a better future for Nigerians in the fourth industrial revolution and the emerging technologies driven future.
“As industries change and structures get disrupted, the areas chosen are undoubtedly priority areas,” he said.
Awe said the move by Microsoft was a strategic business decision and not a favour and it was Nigeria’s responsibility, as a nation, to ensure that the collaboration resulted in a win-win situation.
“Direction is key and the Nigerian government must utilise the collaboration to spur and stimulate indigenous creativity and innovation,” he said.
Awe also said that emphasis should be placed on local content involvement and development, as well as youth innovation, adding that the issue of connectivity was equally important for inclusion in terms of our technological infrastructure, which should be aligned with Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan.
He stressed that all aspects of the collaboration should be inclusive, with initiatives including the vulnerable and the traditionally excluded.
An official of Samsung Mobile Nigeria said, on condition of anonymity, that the collaboration signified that Nigeria’s technology industry had received good global recognition.
He expressed the hope that it would create jobs as envisaged, engage the youths, because they were the major consumers of technology, and expose the country to new products of the company.
“We all know that Microsoft IT products are expensive, but the company coming to Nigeria will hopefully subsidise the cost. I also hope that it will improve our economy, consolidate the digital economy agenda and ensure great innovation,” he said.
Mr. Mayowa Ajiboye, President, Young Innovators of Nigeria (YIN), said the collaboration would ensure digital penetration of rural areas.
Ajiboye called on the FG to ensure the youths were carried along in the partnership.