IBM head promises further support to Nigerian ICT sector

Ginni Rometty IBMGinni Rometty, president and CEO of IBM. (Image source: Asa Mathat/Fortune Live Media)IBM has announced it will continue to support innovation centres and fund major ICT research projects in Nigeria as part of its efforts to back the West African country's bid to become a major ICT hub

IBM president and CEO Ginni Rometty, who recently paid a visit to Nigeria to outline the company's intentions for ICT development and support in the country and across the African continent, met with the West African country's minister of communication technology, Mobola Johnson, who praised the company for its renewed focus and commitment to Nigeria.

In return, Rometty complemented the efforts of the Ministry of Communication Technology’s iDEA incubation centres, as well as the country's ICT entrepreneurs, stating that both factors were helping turn Nigeria into an ICT hub for software innovation.

Founder and CEO of CWG, Austin Okere, who spoke with Rometty during a cocktail reception for preferred partners and customers in Lagos, commented on the recent successes his company has had with IBM, which include the deployment of a high-end IBM Enterprise Servers to Skye Bank, Mainstreet Bank and Enterprise Bank.

Okere also highlighted that CWG, as a business partner of IBM in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda, had been able to bring value to the partnership through customer-focused seminars and education with the support of the local country offices of IBM.

Pan-African systems integration company CWG has annual revenues in excess of US$120mn and has a workforce comprised of more than 650 staff. The company currently has a physical presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Cameroon, and virtual operations in 17 African countries.

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