Remita to lead FG’s indigenous technology exhibition at GiTEX
Following the success achieved in implementing the Treasury Single Account (TSA) using the e-payment platform Remita, the Federal Government has expressed readiness to showcase e-payment solution to the world at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) 2016.
Vincent Olatunji, the Acting Director of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) disclosed this during a working visit to the headquarters of SystemSpecs, the developers of Remita recently.
He said in view of this announcement, Remita would be leading other indigenous technology solutions that NITDA would be showcasing at GITEX 2016 scheduled to take place in Dubai from October 16 to 20.
According to him, government’s interest in Remita was as a result of the successes attained by Remita in the implementation of TSA, which has helped government to save more than N3 trillion. Similar views were held at an interactive session organised by the Nigerian foreign mission with the Nigerian community in the UAE with Ambassador Babagana Wakil, acting Nigeria Consul general to the UAE in attendance.
Olatunji recalled that “Participants had reinstated that they were considering implementing TSA in Dubai based on the Nigerian model. They believe that if Remita could work in Nigeria, it would work anywhere else.”
He noted that the desire expressed by the UAE participants was largely responsible for the creation of an Information Technology Communication (ICT) desk at the Nigerian Consulate in Dubai for foreigners with interest in developing ICT in Nigeria.
John Obaro, Managing Director of SystemSpecs who spoke on the upcoming exhibition noted the transformative potentials of technology and its capacity to cause a quiet change and profer solutions to the country’s many challenges.
“For instance, if we get our ICT right, it would be more difficult for people to be corrupt, and where they are corrupt, it becomes a lot easier to track them down. The only reason the wealthiest people in the world are ICT professionals is because of the potentials in the sector,” Obaro said.
He further said that the key to a truly diversified economy lies in ICT investment. According to him, technology can also ease the stress in farming and make it seamless and more productive should the government will invest in robots.
The countries of the future, he said, “Will not be those who have excelled in manual processing but those that have been able to work smart and harness technology.”
While emphasising on the need to grant the software industry a pioneer status as the single biggest factor for the success of the telecommunication sector today, he said government should encourage more participation and increased investments in the ICT sector and help Nigeria achieve the much-touted economic diversification.
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