. Recipient donates cash prize to Institute to step up advocacy
Mr. Michael Olajide, has received the Dr. Chijioke Agu Cup For Software Excellence – Best Software Entrepreneurship of the Year 2017.
He was crowned the winner at the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) NITMA Award 2017, held at Muson Center, Lagos. Mr. Oljaide is the Executive Director, Finance and Administration at Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited.
Presenting the cash award in his office on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), James Emadoye, said that the recipient has distinguished himself and fulfilled the expectations from winners of the award by displaying software leadership passion, particularly investing in IT human resources capacity building; creative contributions to IT industry strategies; youth innovation mentoring; information analysis and data sharing; customer satisfaction and continuing education and training.
In pursuit of the request to keep alive the excellent contributions of Engineer Simon Agu, to the software profession and industry, ISPON, in collaboration with the Late Simon Agu’s family, established the Simon Agu Prize for Software Excellence, an annual award for the ‘Best Software Entrepreneur of the year’.
Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Michael Olajide addressing the ISPON delegation led by the President, James Emadoye.
ISPON presented the award initiative to NCS, the umbrella body, and it received the blessing and approval for inclusion into the annual NITMA award.
“It is a great testament, being what you are doing and the entire Sidmach team. You are building software experts that will keep the industry thriving after we leave.
“It is therefore, on behalf of the National Executive Council of the Institute (ISPON) that we present to you the awards as the winner of Dr. Chijioke Agu prize for Best Software Entrepreneur 2017 which was awarded to you at NITMA 2017”, the ISPON President said.
Responding, Mr. Olajide said that the late software sage, Dr. Agu was a great and visionary man who championed the course for indigenous software development.
“He was a great example to us in the software industry”.
He ceased the time to admonish the government to adopt indigenous software as means to grow the economy.
In Mr. Olajide’s words, “Nigeria’s survival strategies revolve around the practitioners in the software industry. “Therefore, ISPON has become a very important Institute. Not because it is ISPON rather we in the software industry have the talents to take this nation to the next level. If we fail, Nigeria is going no where.
“The earlier our Government recognises this, the better for the economy. Today, the aural is around artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, cybersecurity, et cetera. Today, if you give me your farm’s longitude and latitude, I can stay in my office and predict your yield. What makes that possible is software.
“Today, people’s longevity can be predicted. We just have to wake up to the realities and the Government has to wake up to it responsibility by giving the indigenous software practitioners priority. It is confusing that Government maintains the penchant for foreign software; something that indigenous companies can handle very well. Today, government is crying that those projects are failing. Whose fault is it? Adaptability is important in software development; Nigeria is a peculiar place. So, software must be designed to solve the local needs.
“He also called on software practitioners to rally round ISPON as a formidable platform to move the industry forward. “We have a capable President, who knows his onus. He needs our support to move the industry to a whole new level.
On that note, the awardee donated the cash award to the Institute for the continuation of its advocacy programmes in the country.
“The man who started this showed enough interest and for the good of the industry, young people and software practice in general. So, I like to also donate this cheque to ISPON so that it can carry on the good works of advocacy.”
Receiving the cheque, the President appreciated the donor for his magnanimity and support towards the growth of ISPON. “This is what we talk about: commitment to your nation. We are not working for what to eat today rather for the generations unborn to be proud of us.
He promised that the donation will be utilised for the purpose it was donated. “Again, we shall leverage this for the interest of our people, industry and country at large. We will keep appealing to the conscience of our people who are ignorant of the damages they are doing to the country for not patronising indigenous companies, especially in the technology space.
“Our technologies are far advanced than what is obtainable in many countries. It is a matter of having confidence in our own. It is a pity that our people are using the Condit pipe to siphon money from the treasury. Well, we keep fighting for the common good of our country”, Emadoye said.
Simon Agu was the founder and chairman of Computer Industry Systems Associates (Nigeria) Limited which metamorphosed to Neptune Software, a foremost international software company growing from 3 to 100 professional staff, among other contributions he made to bring the Nigerian software industry to the limelight.
The ISPON President was accompanied by the Institute’s Treasurer, Bimbo Abioye; the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Mr. Iyiola Ayoola and the Administrative Secretary of ISPON, Paul Uzoechina.