The Board Chairman of Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, has called for a much greater collaboration and partnership within the country’s Information and Communication Technology sector to enhance the productive and growth. Prof Quaynor who was contributing to a panel discussion at the first Africa Mobile first Africa Mobile and ICT Expo dubbed # MOBEX 15 in Accra encouraged App developers and to team up together to brainstorm, share ideas and exchange notes to enable them improved and sharpen their skills and knowledge so as to come out with innovative apps that would help address the needs of the masses.
He condemned what he called the “silo mentality”, where individuals entertain the notion of being the only expert in their field of endeavour hence not willing to collaborate with anybody and further described this situation as a major challenge facing the country’s ICT industry.
“The other problem which I see as a challenge in my opinion is that we tend to work in Silos. We are all sitting there thinking that we have all the expertises by ourselves and therefore everybody else where are not doing anything. That’s a fundamental mistake. In this world of internet where everything is multi stakeholder bottomed up and so on, if you stay in that home and think that nobody is doing nothing. I think you will be left behind because there is a lot of things going on and it’s organic. There are lot of people teaming up to do something and so you alone cannot do it, you have to reach outside your community to tap into their expertises wherever you find it” he said.
Professor Quaynor who was recently inducted into the world ICT world of fame although happy with the impressive statistics about the penetration of mobile devices in the country expressed concerns about its usage which tend to focus much attention on programmes and applications developed not in Ghana by Ghanaian but elsewhere. This he said could create more gaps in the system.
“I remember when PCs came, the first micro processors that came around, we all thought that, that was going to be the breakthrough, it was going to be the thing that would transform the society but it created more gaps because we were not ready, because we were not ready to jump on the wave. My concern is that if we are not careful the current wave of mobile may be the same because of all of us are using it to access applications elsewhere and our market will be filled,” he emphasised.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana