Federal Government to Train 1 Million Software Developers in 18 Months


Alt: = "Isa Pantami"

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced its plan on training at least 1 million software developers in Nigeria in the next 18 months. 

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, who made this known while delivering a keynote address at a one-day virtual workshop organised by the Nigeria Software Testing Qualification Board (NGSTQB) with the theme “Role of Software Testing in Nigeria’s Digital Economy”, called for support from major stakeholders from different sectors of the economy to assist the government to achieve this.

Pantami stressed the need to train and certify more Nigerians as software testers with the increasing integration of software into every sphere of human life and the need for cybersecurity.

The asked for cooperation of Nigeria Software Testing Qualification Board.

“We want to see how we can license some of you to provide these services, that means if I develop software, I need to come to a certified tester to make sure I meet the standard quality assurance; all the basic bug-free, and the vulnerability assessment before I am able to sell that software”.

“This will eliminate having the market loaded with software with a lot of vulnerabilities. We are working on building the capacity of 1 million developers in the next 18 months and we know we cannot do it alone that is why we need people like you to help us achieve this.

“We are already working with some multinationals to help us on this and we also need the indigenous people to key into this initiative and we also need as many testers as developers,” the Minister added.

The President of NGSTQB, Mr. Boye Dare stated that NGSTQB aims to work assiduously to make Nigeria the software testing hub for the outsourcing software testing market in Africa.

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