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India NASSCOM Forging Alliances between India and Nigeria in Abuja,

Remarks by Dr. Baba J Adamu

18 Sept, 2012


Thank you for inviting me to make a remark in this momentous occasion for forging alliances between India and Nigeria. The entire machinery of Government, under the current leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan is mobilized toward job creation, toward support for the private sector to create more jobs and providing the enabling environment to attract direct foreign investment into the country. It’s about economic transformation, and forging business and investment partnership and collaboration. It is only through partnership and collaboration that legitimate economic opportunity for Nigerians will emerge, that is why this business interactive session is very timely.


The Indian IT-BPO sector, which NASSCOM pioneered, has established India as a trusted global hub for IT professional services and innovation ecosystem. And today’s NASSCOM business delegation is headed by the pioneer himself, President of NASSCOM Son Mittal.


Nigerian ICT sector is at the crossroad today but it has taken the right direction working hard with all stake holders to develop the ICT roadmap, our broadband strategy, our cyber law; increased access etc., and through partnership with NASSCOM, Nigeria can be the next offshoring and innovation hub in Africa.


Nigeria has a lot to gain in developing partnership with India especially in the areas of ICT and healthcare, so let us work together to advance human race and have a better society, peaceful, prosperous and move away from poverty alleviation to wealth creation in healthy business relationship.


Thank you

Dr Baba J Adamu

18 Sept 2012


By Dr. Baba J Adamu

Nov 2012


ICT is the convergence of communications, computing and information technologies and has become the catalyst that enhances development process of a nation.


Today, the Indian IT-BPO sector has reached milestones in terms of revenue growth ($73.1 billion in 2010), employing millions. NASSCOM of India has become the global brand ambassador for India in the area of Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) & Knowledge Processing Outsourcing (KPO)


Although, the Indian IT and ITES industry is now big even by global standards, the journey was not a straight line; it has been punctuated by major challenges along the away: for instance, during tariff barriers of the 90s, the notion of R&D-for-hire was born, and during that same period the five major challenges: employability, infrastructure, favourable policies, corruption and competition from other low cost countries were looked at seriously; which resulted in the formation of the innovative ecosystem that gave local ideas global context and thus established India as a trusted global hub for IT professional services.


One of the ecosystems is the Cyber City of Magarpatta at Pune: walk-to-work, walk-to-school, walk-to-shop etc.; a blend of visionary architecture avoiding the hassles of commuting to work with the infrastructure and social amenities in place. The uniqueness of the Cybercity is that it is not just another software park, but a whole new experience altogether; which offers end-to-end solutions to make life truly complete.


Nigerian is in the same situation India was 10years ago, which means our ICT sector is at the cross roads. The direction we choose will determine not just our future but also the legacy we leave behind for future generations of knowledge workers in this country, who have the creativity to dream impossible dreams and the determination to translate those dreams into reality. Today’s leadership has chosen the right direction. President Goodluck Jonathan promised Never to let us down, and he will keep his promise.


Therefore, we must build a pre-eminent innovation and off-shoring hub in Nigeria. Meaning to focus to make Nigeria become the trusted global destination for ICT professional services (BPO & ITeS) in Africa and allocate at least 1% of national budget for research, in doing so we must consider:

  •  A conceptual model for the BPO Industry in Nigeria clearly defining the inputs and expected outputs (here the issue of bandwidth, cyber security and internet exchange point are critical);

  • To look at the current strategies that is vital in the creation of an enabling environment and also proposes a governance model. This must include sustainability and risk mitigation strategies; and learning from Best Practices (like India);

  • To look at the costs and benefits of adopting the BPO Industry in Nigeria, proposing a mathematical model of the benefits being a function of inputs like Finance, Policy, Human Resource, Infrastructure, Entrepreneurship and marketing, collectively contributing to produce the desired outputs. Some of the projected benefits must include creation of direct 2 MILLION JOBS/4 million indirect jobs and estimated revenue stream in wages for employees over a forecasted period of three years;

  •  To look at the government incentives available to prospective investors in BPO Industry and also highlights key recommendations that will facilitate the growth of this industry in Nigeria as was done in India.

These in my opinion will not only uplift our economy and create wealth but will become the catalyst for a truly sustainable knowledge-driven economy.

NSA Cyber Conference, Abuja

Remarks by Dr. Baba J Adamu

22 Oct, 2013


I would to highly commend the NSA for proposing the cyber-crime bill, which is very timely and apt. Today more than 40 countries have signed up to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and the number is rising. According to the World Bank, Nigeria reports one of the highest numbers of cyber-crime incidents in the world and was recently ranked third, after the USA and UK, in a report by the Internet Crime Complaint Centre, which tracks the occurrence of cyber-crime globally.


You will agree with me that in today’s economy, the main source of value and competitive advantage is in human and intellectual capital with keys ingredients being: knowledge, innovation and creativity. ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, education, financial services and public services can drive socio-economic inclusion of more than 30 million Nigerians each year, faster, cheaper and more effectively than traditional models. And with the new paradigm shift of President Goodluck Jonathan to transform Nigerian economy into a knowledge-based economy, and make Nigeria the pre-eminent innovation and off-shoring hub in African and a preferred destination for BPO and ITES, means that the issue of cyber-crime must be address head-on.


The bill, if passed into law, will allow Nigeria to join a global treaty aimed at fighting internet offences legally and prosecute violators and the right to cooperate with the international communities to fight this menace. The potential for criminal mischief must be confronted swiftly and with all available means, especially with the Government new strategy for achieving paperless civil service; and most especially with the recent boom in mobile service provision and online payment platforms in Nigeria.


The entire machinery of Government is mobilized toward job creation, support for the private sector to create more jobs and attract direct foreign investment into the country, which can only be done more effectively with the cyber law in place. Today, the Internet landscape is changing dramatically and it is very important for both public and private sector to work together to eliminate cyber crime and foster legitimate economic opportunity for Nigerians


That is why I call on the Hon House of assembly to pass into law the proposed Cyber crime bill so that Nigeria can adopt Best Practice and move from poverty alleviation to wealth creation.


Thank you

Dr. Baba J Adamu

22 Oct, 2013


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