The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, and stakeholders in the outsourcing space have devised ways to add value to the economy through outsourcing.
According to the minister, the industry is capable of growing the economy by 10 per cent and can create one million jobs if it is properly regulated and allowed to develop.
While speaking at the Association of Outsourcing Professionals of Nigeria’s (AOPN) Outsourcing Expo 2017 in Lagos, they highlighted ways economic growth can be accomplished through outsourcing:
- According to Shittu, “We have to open up the industry for it to flourish. This can be achieved by creating guidelines to regulate operators. A committee has been inaugurated to develop the ICT policy to make it current and in tune with the changes taking place in the sector.”
- The Group Managing Director, Custodian and Allied Plc, Mr. Wole Oshin noted that with an estimated growth of $200m by 2020 in the outsourcing industry, Nigeria would benefit from improved Gross Domestic Product and employment opportunities. According to him, “it is clear from the ease of doing business that if Nigeria must compete in the outsourcing industry, it must fix infrastructure cost. Power, transport, availability of skilled people and enabling business environment with minimal political interference should be fixed.”
- The President, AOPN, Dr. Austin Nweze stated in his keynote stated that the rivalry among members who compete on price was hindering the delivery of valuable services to clients. “We need to set standards so that we can compete with any outsourcing organisation anywhere in the world. Our dream is to make Nigeria an outsourcing hub.”
Other speakers at the summit were the General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN, Mr. Kolawole Oyeyemi; and Chief Executive Officer, Avantage Projects, Mrs. Helen Emore.
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