About 430,000 African IT professionals with more than half of them from Nigeria will leave the continent for the United States of America in 2015, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said.
NITDA's Director General Professor Cleopas Angaye, who disclosed this in a lecture presented at the just concluded Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN)'s IT Professional Assembly in Abuja, said Nigerians and other Africans are being sought after by companies in the US to replace Indians who are now leaving the country in droves.
Prof Angaye said about half a million IT professionals are expected to leave US finally in 2015 and the country is now looking into Africa for replacement for the jobs that would be left.
Nigeria with abundant IT professionals and with about 20 per cent of African population would definitely provide more than half of the figure, the NITDA DG told the gathering of IT professionals.
But he said efforts must be made towards building more expertise and manpower in the sector in the country to forestall shortage of professionals.
He said it has been recognised that IT is one of the most effective weapons to fight poverty in Nigeria and less emphasis should therefore be put on crude oil.
He called on the private sector to collaborate with the government to proactively invest in IT to create more jobs for unemployed Nigerians.
Earlier in his address, the President/Chairman of council of CPN Ibrahim Tizhe said no sector of the Nigerian economy could do without IT.
He said nations are committing enormous resources into IT development in order to improve the quality of life of their citizenry.