Nigeria seeks more investment in cloud computing

Cloud computing has overtime helped to improve the fortunes of small and medium scale business environments, thereby helping them to be more efficient and productive.

The same is also applicable on a national scale when governments use this platform for service delivery.

It is in this spirit that the Nigerian government wants more indigenous Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies to invest in Cloud Computing.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, made the call at the 5th edition of the annual event,`Nerds Unite 2020’ organized by Maine.

The minister said that in a digital economy, data was the oil, saying that ICT had taken over oil and gas with ICT being the third-largest contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

From Left Director-General,  NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi representing Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and Ms. Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, Maine

According to him, the five biggest companies in the world provide cloud services which are, Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook.

”MainOne has taken the big step of involving in cloud services and that is why we are partnering with them.

”We want to have more of MainOne in Nigeria so that cloud service will be made available and our data hosted locally.

More than 90 percent of government data is hosted locally and we are hoping to achieve 100 percent,” he said.

‘Nerds Unite 2020′ is an annual event that brought many professionals in the Information Technology (IT) industry to deliberate on innovations that would increase the digital economy.