SystemSpecs’ MD, John Obaro, conferred ISPON Fellowship

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The Managing Director of SystemSpecs, John Obaro, has been conferred a fellowship of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) at the 9th edition of the body’s Presidential Dinner Night which held at Oriental Hotel in Lagos recently. Obaro was recognised for his ‘immense achievement, contribution, and adept commitment to advancing professional standards, strategic leadership and capacity building in the Nigerian software industry over the years’.

His company, SystemSpecs Ltd developed Remita, a fully indigenous software solution which has revolutionised financial management in the country, especially in its role as the backbone of the nation’s Treasury Single Account (TSA). SystemSpecs’ Remita is used by many individuals as well as public and private sector organisations to process transactions.

The President of ISPON, Olorogun James Emadoye, in his address at the event, themed The Fourth Industrial Revolution, stated that the 2018 President Dinner was ‘conveyed to recognise and honour some of the great minds and prominent achievers National Software Development Ecosystem. He also spoke extensively on Nigeria’s need to advance local content in software development in order to record significant achievements in a ‘software-first world’. In his words, “Software-Nigeria is the sustainable way for our national accelerated development in the knowledge economy”.

Corroborating this, the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, said local content is not about foregoing foreign solutions but consolidating on the recently signed Executive orders 003 and 005 by President Muhammadu Buhari, to build a stronger economy for the country and to create a win-win situation for all.

In a chat with newsmen after the event, Dr Emmanuel Eze, Executive Director/CTO, SystemSpecs Ltd who represented Obaro, appreciated ISPON for the fellowship and described it as “a good way to recognize all the innovations that SystemSpecs as a company has done over time, especially under the leadership of John Obaro”.

With regards to local content, Eze said there a lot of talents within the country and a lot of companies doing a lot of great things within the economy. Therefore, implementing the local content act helps to consolidate on their efforts. He expressed optimism that Nigerians will stop using foreign software and begin to value the great software produced within the country.

Eze said SystemSpecs’ product, Remita has efficiently helped the federal government process trillions of naira into the treasury and has helped to engender transparency within the government space especially with regards to payments. He also revealed that a number of other African countries are trying to learn from Nigeria in this regard.

He called for more private-public sector collaborations in empowering youths with the right ICT skills. And described ‘Code Lagos” in which SystemSpecs is collaborating with the Lagos state government as one of such programs.

ISPON is the apex body of computer software and related services industry in Nigeria.

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