Prove that you can innovate, firm tells IT professionals, managers

A foremost internet services provider, MainOne, has called for collective efforts in pushing the economy forward through digital disruption and innovation.

“Technology is all about skills and innovation, and we need to imbibe such.

“We need to prove to the technology community that we are able to innovate and collaborate and drive economic value,” MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Funke Opeke, said in Lagos.

Opeke made the call on Sunday on the sidelines of a meeting organised by the organisation to share new ideas with more than 500 information technology managers and professionals.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event known as Nerds Unite is MainOne’s first of its kind.

“The low growth approach that we are experiencing will not get us where we need to be; we need to look at where values are being created.

“We need to see that a lot of apps are driving transformation; it is time for our country to get busy, do the same things that will drive transformation,” she said.

Opeke said that Nigeria was relatively slow in adoption of technology, and called on indigenous companies to emulate companies in other climes which, she said, did not wait for governments for technological advancement.

She, however, said that the Federal Government should continue to work toward ensuring ease of doing business to encourage technology evolution.

“Global companies that are driving technology like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are borne out of innovation,’’ she remarked.

According to the chief executive officer, there is the need to understand that technology provides enormous opportunities for economic development.

Opeke said that MainOne was committed to supporting startups by providing them with services that would bring their businesses closer to the technology community.

NAN reports that MainOne, established in 2010, provides wholesale network, internet solutions, voice, data centre and cloud services in Nigeria and other West African countries

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