Nigeria’s ICT Industry To Continue Receiving Support From IBM

The Nigerian ICT sector is building for the future.

This time around, it is working closely with a powerful industry ally, IBM.

IBM, is the International Business Machines Corporation (otherwise called IBM). It is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States. The group manufactures and markets computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

The group recently announced it will continue to support innovation centres and fund major Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research projects in Nigeria.

According to IBM, it is assisting Nigeria, as part of its efforts to back this West African country’s bid to become a major ICT hub.

Ginni Rometty, IBM president and CEO, who recently paid a visit to Nigeria to outline the company’s intentions for ICT development and support in the country and across the African continent, had also met with the West African country’s minister of communication technology, Mobola Johnson.

Johnson, had praised IBM for its renewed focus and commitment to Nigeria.

In return, Rometty complemented the efforts of the Ministry of Communication Technology’s iDEA incubation centres, as well as the country’s ICT entrepreneurs, stating that both factors were helping turn Nigeria into an ICT hub for software innovation.

Also revealed is that the Founder and CEO of CWG, Austin Okere, who spoke with Rometty during a cocktail reception for preferred partners and customers in Lagos, commented on the recent successes his company has had with IBM, which include the deployment of a high-end IBM Enterprise Servers to Skye Bank, Mainstreet Bank and Enterprise Bank.

Okere also highlighted that CWG, as a business partner of IBM in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda, had been able to bring value to the partnership through customer-focused seminars and education with the support of the local country offices of IBM.
Pan-African systems integration company CWG has annual revenues in excess of US$120mn and has a workforce comprised of more than 650 staff.

Furthermore, the IBM currently has a physical presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Cameroon, and virtual operations in 17 African countries.

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