Terragon Group

Umeh, Pantami, others, advocate promotion of indigenous solutions

AUGUST 16, 2022

Elo Umeh, Managing Director and CEO of Africa’s leading Data and Marketing Technology company,
Terragon, has joined stakeholders in Nigeria’s technology and telecommunications sector to advocate for
promotion of indigenous technology solutions and telecom content.

Umeh made this call at the just concluded Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo
(NTICE), 2022 held at the Landmark Centre in Lagos. Speaking at a panel section alongside other
industry stakeholders. Umeh noted that private-public partnership was necessary to drive promotion of
indigenous content and solutions.

According to him, “Building an ecosystem consisting of megacorporations is super critical for our indigenous digital economy to thrive. The government must be deliberate about working with the private sector to promote innovation and indigenous content, through policies and initiatives such as the
establishment of NODITS (Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecom Sector) to foster
indigenisation of software.”

Highlight of the event was the presentation of the keynote address by the Honourable Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Ali Ibrahim Pantami who charged stakeholders to intensify
efforts in the promotion of Nigeria’s indigenous telecommunications sector. He decried the influx of
foreign software in Nigeria noting that “77 per cent of software in use are foreign, while only 23 per cent
are obtained locally.

The Honourable minister aso reaffirmed the Federal Government’s determination to reverse the trend of
importation of all types of telecommunications products, especially where production in Nigeria is possible.

Terragon has always been focused on developing technology solutions to solve business challenges
within the African context, in order to contribute toward building the indigenous digital economy and its unique ecosystem. Through its unique platforms; Enterprise Customer Data Platform and TerragonPrime,
the MarTech giant is helping enterprises and SMBs drive intelligent customer engagement leveraging
local data and technology.

Dignitaries at the event who also visited the different exhibition booths include His Excellency, the
Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, The Executive
Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Chairman,
House of Representatives Committee on Communications, Hon. Akeem Adeyemi, the Special Adviser to
the Lagos State Government on Innovation and Technology, Mr Olatunbosun Alake.
The expo was organized as part of effort to vigorously pursue the objectives of the National Policy for the
Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector (NPPIC), through the
National Office for Developing Indigenous Telecoms Sector (NODITS) domiciled in the NCC.