The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) which is a body of information technology (IT) professional has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an expert IT Professional as Communication Technology (ComTech) minister.
The body complained that the previous administrations have been appointing unprofessionals as ministers of ComTech Minister. This according to them slowed the growth of information technology in the country.
The President of the Group, Professor Sola Aderounmu in speech mentioned that Nigerian were waiting eagerly for President Buhari to present the list of ministerial nominees before the end of this month as he promised during his visit to Ghana.
It could be recalled that Buhari who clocked hundred days in office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria said in an interview with pressmen during an official visit in Ghana promised Nigerians that the ministerial nominees’ list would be released before the end of this Month. The delay in the release of the ministerial list has generated much talks in the country and many people especially critics are not happy with the situation.
The group advised President Buhari to nominate only people with unquestionable character as ministers in his cabinet.
According to the group, some ministries where technical expertise are required have been performing below expectation because unprofessionals were appointed as ministers to pilot the affairs of such ministries.
In the light of the above, the group advised the President to appoint a professional in the information technology as the minister for communications and technology. Such a person should be knowledgeable about the challenges of IT in the country and how to improve the condition.
Mentioning the qualities which the right candidate should have, the group urged President Buhari to appoint a practicing IT profession who is also a member of relevant IT body in the country, namely, NCS and Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN).