Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Firm to Boost Indigenous Software

Lagos — Information technology firm JKK has said that it would focus on applications that will boost the development of indigenous software in Nigeria.

The new Group Managing Director of the company, Mr. Lekan Yusuf, said that the firm will also ensure that Nigeria's critical information is not exposed to foreigners through the use of foreign applications to keep information and drive processes both by the government and businesses.

He explained also that JKK has resolved to strengthen its partnership with major Original Equipment Manufacturers, (OEMs) such as Oracle, IBM, NetApp, HP and among others to make Nigeria a hub for IT products and services in West Africa.

According to him, Nigeria is currently being put under South Africa and "we are determined to change this trend."

Yusuf noted that JKK is known for its ability to solve the unique business requirements of the Nigerian environment, adding that as part of its pioneering effort in IT, JKK group was the first to develop a full-fledged commercial banking application in Nigeria, a solution robust enough for both front office transaction and back office.

Speaking on the repositioning strategies for the company, Yusuf said JKK has over the years, due to its consistency in excellent service delivery, built many long-term business relationships with its customer base.

He disclosed that JKK would support thousands of software entrepreneurs seeking ways of marketing their solutions.

He said that the company recently carried out an internal restructuring exercise to reposition itself for quality service delivery.

"To achieve this objective, we are adopting the Microsoft model, where we sign Memorandum of Understanding with young software developers, bring applications under JKK brand, repackage and then sell to businesses for the mutual benefits of JKK as a company and the original software designers. By doing this, we would be creating jobs, helping to develop young businesses as a way of giving back to the society," he said.

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