With the growing integration of software in all spheres of human life and the need for a secure system, the Federal Government of Nigeria is poised to collaborate with the Nigeria Software Testing Qualification Board (NGSTQB) to democratize software testing. software.
Licensed professionals would provide software testing services, as the council said it was working to work with key stakeholders from different industries to train and certify 50,000 software testers over the next few years.
The Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami made this known while delivering his keynote speech at a one-day virtual workshop organized by the Nigeria Software Testing Qualification Board ( NGSTQB) on the topic “Role of Software Testing in Nigeria’s Digital Economy”.
Seeking consistent cooperation from the NGSTQB, the Minister, represented by the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, said: “We want to see how we can authorize some of you to provide these services, which means that if I am developing software, I have to consult with a certified tester to ensure that I meet the quality assurance standard; all basic bug and vulnerability assessment before we can sell this software”.
He added that this will eliminate the fact that the market is loaded with software with many vulnerabilities.
“We’re working to build the capacity of one million developers over the next 18 months and we know we can’t do it alone, that’s why we need people like you to help us get there,“said the minister.
“We are already working with some multinationals to help us on this point and we also need the indigenous peoples to participate in this initiative and we also need as many testers as developers”, He continued.
Professor Pantami argued that to achieve the ambitious goal of 95% digital literacy, the need to build citizens’ literacy to understand and consume digital services is key.
“We can only achieve this if we can build error-free software locally so that we can build trust with our consumers,said the minister.
While disagreeing with buying off-the-shelf software, he asserted that no software that fits all sizes has been developed and that the only competitive advantage you can have as that business is having digital offerings; because every business is unique and needs unique software.
Earlier in his welcome address, NGSTQB Chairman, Mr. Boye Dare said that NGSTQB aims to work diligently to make Nigeria the software testing hub for the outsourcing software testing market in Africa.
Mr. Dare noted that through this effort, “we believe we can achieve this by working with key players across all industries in Nigeria by training and certifying 50,000 software testers over the next 36 months.”
Dr. Usman Gambo Abdullahi, Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions at NITDA, said that as part of the Agency’s regulatory function, the Agency established the framework for software testing and quality assurance to help strengthen the software ecosystem.