With the increasing integration of software into every aspect of human life and the need for a secure system, the Federal Government of Nigeria is planning to work with the Nigeria Software Testing Qualification Board (NGSTQB) to democratize software testing, where licensed professionals would provide software testing services, as the Board stated that it is working to train and certify 50,000 software testers in collaboration with major stakeholders from various sectors.
Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy stated this during his keynote talk at a one-day virtual workshop organized by the Nigeria Software Testing Qualification Board (NGSTQB) with the theme “Role of Software Testing in Nigeria’s Digital Economy.”
Seeking the NGSTQB’s cohesion, the Minister, represented by the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, stated, “We want to see how we can license some of you to provide these services, that means if I develop software, I need to come to a certified tester to make sure I meet the standard quality assurance; all the basic bug-free, and vulnerability assessment before I am able to sell that software.” “This will eliminate having the market loaded with software with a lot of vulnerabilities,” he added.
“We are working on growing the capacity of one million developers over the next 18 months, and we know we cannot do it alone, which is why we need people like you to assist us do this,” the Minister stated.
“We are already working with several multinationals to support us on this, and we also need indigenous people to participate in this project, and we need as many testers as developers,” he stated.
Prof. Pantami underlined that in order to meet the ambitious aim of 95 percent digital literacy, citizens’ literacy in order to understand and utilize digital services must be built.
“We can only do that if we can produce error-free software locally and win the trust of our users,” the minister asserted.
While he disagreed with the purchase of off-the-shelf software, he claimed that no one-size-fits-all software has been established and that the only competitive advantage you can have as a corporation is to have digital offerings; since each firm is unique and requires customized software.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Mr Boye Dare, President of NGSTQB, indicated that NGSTQB intends to work tirelessly to make Nigeria the software testing hub for Africa’s outsourcing software testing market.
Mr Dare noted that by this effort, “we believe we can achieve this by collaborating with major stakeholders in all different sectors in Nigeria by training and certifying 50,000 software testers in the next 36 months”.
Dr Usman Gambo Abdullahi, NITDA’s Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions said as part of the Agency’s regulatory function, the Agency has established the Software Testing and Quality Assurance framework to help strengthen the software ecosystem.