Emma Okonji

Analysts have described the recent surge in Nigeria’s tech sector as an indication that the West African country, which has the opportunity, may become a force to be reckoned with.

Currently in Africa, Nigeria is one of the leading technology countries, although it still lags behind India.
Statistics have shown that global tech companies are comfortable looking for Indian tech savvy experts to run their tech businesses.

THISDAY’s audits showed that the world’s five largest tech companies, including Twitter, Google, Microsoft, IBM and Adobe, have Indians as CEOs.

For example, the current CEO of Twitter is Parag Agrawal, while the CEO of Google is Sundar Pichai. Likewise, the CEO of Microsoft is Satya Nadella, while the CEO of Adobe is Shantanu Narayen and the CEO of IBM is Arvind Krishna.

The five tech companies are arguably the biggest tech companies in the world and they are all run by Indians as CEOs.
Giving reasons why big tech companies are looking for tech savvy Indians to run their businesses, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) President Gbenga Adebayo said the Indians’ choice would not be not exaggerated.

According to him, the Indian country has the population and a lot of human resources, especially in the field of technology.
Adebayo said, “So in terms of human capital, Indians have more human capital than other countries in the world.

While there are many variables that must have guided the choice of Indians to run the world’s largest technology companies, one variable that stands out is the fact that Indians have sufficient human capacity and digital skills in the field of technology and over time we have seen Indians as a group of technically creative people who do not believe in copying technology developed by others. “They believe in their own technology and the Indian government encourages indigenous technologies developed by Indians.”

He further described the Indians as a people humble to the core and willing to learn and adapt to any situation which, he said, remained another factor that had to be help Indians develop with technological skills which have proven to be a point of attraction for global technology companies.

Speaking on the implications of having Indians at the helm of the world’s leading cybersecurity technology companies, the President of the Africa-Nigeria Information Security Society (ISSAN), Dr David Isiavwe, excluded any impact on cybersecurity of having Indians to run the world’s major technology companies. According to him, the Indians have, over time, developed their technology and the government has implemented a policy of exporting the technology from India to other countries of the world and this for decades.

“The search for Indians to run global technology companies is not accidental, as the Indian government has, over the years, strategically implemented a deliberate policy to export indigenous technology from India to other countries. of the world, ”Isiavwe said.
Citing the case of Nigerian medical experts, trained in Nigeria and wanted by the UK government to work in their UK healthcare facilities, Isiavwe said the Nigerian government had the same opportunity as the Indian government to develop the health sector. Nigerian health and making it is a hub for training and exporting doctors to UK and other parts of the country. He said such an initiative could have helped to increase Nigeria’s foreign exchange capacity.

He said the Indian government saw the opportunity decades ago and maximized the opportunity by focusing on technology and establishing the world’s largest technology center in Bangalore, India, which over the years had time, produces the best technology experts and technology solutions that India exports to. other countries of the world. He further explained that India has the largest data center in the world, from which they process technology transactions for multinational organizations around the world, adding that Indians have long developed technologically, c that’s why global tech companies are looking for them to manage their technology. companies.

Isiavwe said cybersecurity cannot be pointed in one direction as it is a global phenomenon that does not recognize color or race because it is about learning skills and know-how technical.
Isiavwe said the skills and technology to protect cyberspace are available and when applied the right result would certainly be achieved.