Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) is set to lead stakeholders in the country’s software industry to the first Software Testing Conference tagged ‘TestNigeria Conference 1.0’, organized by Nigeria Software Testing Qualification Board (NGSTQB).
Since the assumption of office in August 2019, Professor Pantami’s aggressive initiatives and reforms toward digital transformation have received recognition within and outside the country.
The Minister had expressed the Federal Government’s readiness to collaborate with the NGSTQB in democratizing software testing.
Prof. Pantami will expatiate on the government’s agenda for the software industry at the TestNigeria Conference 1.0 to be held on Tuesday, November 22, and Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki road, Lagos under the theme: ‘Impact of Software Quality Assurance in the Nigerian Digital Economy.
Guests & speakers lined up for the conference are; Mr. Hakeem Fahm, Hon Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Olivier Denoo, President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), Mr. Bob Van de Burgt, the Test Maturity Model integration Foundation (TMMi) Local Chapter Manager, Dr. Babatunde Oghenobruche Obrimah, Chief Operating Officer, FINTECH Association of Nigeria, and Dr. Chika O. Yinka-Banjo, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Lagos.
Other expected guests and speakers include; Dr. Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner / CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), Dr. Dan- Azumi Ibrahim, Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Mrs. Rukiya Mohammed, Director of IT, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ms. Ola Williams, Country Manager Nigeria & Ghana, Microsoft Nigeria; Speaker from Inlaks, and Global Accelerex.
Speaking ahead of the Conference, Mr. Boye Dare, the President of NGSTQB, said that TestNigeria Conference 1.0, said that the role of software professionals in actualizing the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria, cannot be overemphasized.
He said that TestNigeria Conference 1.0 will feature a networking cocktail, keynote presentations, panel sessions, and fireside chat including special sessions on Software Test Improvement in Organisations; the Growing Software Testing Ecosystem in Nigeria’s Educational Sector, and the Need for Certified Test Professionals in Organisations.
While reemphasizing the need for software testing, Mr. Dare said is it vital for Nigeria to be identified as a country with high-quality software.
In his words, “Testing is necessary because we all make mistakes. Some of those mistakes are unimportant, but some are expensive and dangerous.
“Software failures can be devastating to company value and reputation. For example, UK-based loan company Provident Financial lost 1.7 billion pounds (about 2.4 billion American dollars) of market value in 2017 after a bug in their newly developed scheduling software, such that barely half of their loan debts were collected when due. This bug cost the company 120 million pounds (170 million American dollars) in profit loss, and the fiasco is considered a record-breaking loss.
Designed as a platform for software professionals to discuss how the Nigerian IT ecosystem can start developing quality software that meets international standards and help achieve Nigeria’s Digital Economy Strategy, the conference is targeted at software developers, banks, government institutions, telcos, fintech companies, industry regulators and major users of sensitive software among others.
Interested participants should visit the website here or click https://www.ngstqb.ng/conference/ to see details.
NGSTQB is a member of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB); the world’s leading organization for the Certification of Professionals in Software Testing.