The major obstacle to the acceptance of local software is the absence of trust, the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) has said.
Its President, Yele Okeremi, who spoke on the sidelines of the handover of the office to him by the former President, Olorogun James Emadoye, said the group under his leadership, would work hard to build trust in the quality of locally written applications.
According to him, the software industry in Nigeriahas evolved and has grown, adding that the timw has come for practioners in the industry to have have themselves.
Okeremi promised to work hard to dispel the lies and celebrate the many feats local applications have acheived.
He said: ?Yes, we do not say we know everything; our doors are open to partnerships.?
He said since the real wealth of any nation is her reservoir of human capital, the group would work to build internal capacity of members, ensure they see software as a business, adding that the issue of patent would occupy front burners of discourse.
Okeremi said any country that aspires to be great must prioritise the development of her manpower.
He said he would continue to build on the legacy of hardwork, selflessness and commitment to the cause of developing the local software industry which he inherited from the former presidents of the group.
He lamented that practitioners in the information technology (IT) space are hardly recognised in the country because they are neither into oil business nor into stealing public funds.
According to him, IT firms, such as Oracle and Microsoft have shaped human history through innovation.
Also, Emadoye said Nigeria must stop consuming what does not produce.
According to him, patronage of local software is the way to go if the billions of naira lost yearly to capital flight as a result of using offshore must be stopped.