As Mortage banks and financial institutions prepare for migration to IFRS9 financial reporting tool which is to be effective from January 1, 2018, FinTrak, Indigenous financial software developer urges the institutions to look inwards for indigenous software providers, instead of the rush for foreign financial software.

Bimbo Abioye, group managing director, FinTrak Software who made this plea, recently stated that: “Nigerian mortgage banks and financial houses should avoid the mistake that they made when they rushed for foreign financial software that didn’t work for them back in 2012 only for them to look inwards for an indigenous software provider.”

Abioye affirmed that FinTrak IFRS 9 software is easily adaptable to any institution and with a robust after sales support which most of the over the shelf foreign software lack.

“We have over 120 hundred engineers that are on the ground that will give our clients the support and after sales services required. In some cases, we give advisory services to the clients as part of our value added service. We just don’t dump software to the clients, we always do follow up,” he highlighted. One of the high points of FinTrak IFRS9 software, he said is to minimize human input by full automation, adding that “Our team has been able to provide a financial reporting tool that has a high degree of transparency, accuracy and timeliness with the ability to explain any movement to the lowest level.”

On his part, Steve Ongharaka, executive director, Technical Services, FinTrak, explained that FinTrak IFRS 9 solution is not an option for most banks, mortgage banks and financial houses to monitor their credit manually.

“With the IFRS9 software, everything is automated. With this software, the system is scheduled and reports are delivered at a particular time, thereby increasing productivity and reducing wastage of man hours,” Ongharaka said.

According to him, FinTrak IFRS 9 is developed in line with the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) specification, stressing that the software addresses the accounting for financial instruments.

“It has three main areas: classification and measurement of financial instruments, impairment of financial assets and hedge accounting. It will replace the earlier IFRS for financial instruments, IAS 39, when it becomes effective in 2018,” he added.

Tony Nwakaegho.


Nigeria Taps Microsoft to Oracle to Recover From Recession

Nigeria is hiring U.S. technology giants such as Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. as the government invests more to save costs and fight corruption.

An initiative led by Redwood, California-based Oracle has enabled Nigerian authorities to remove 50,000 so-called ghost workers, or fake entries, from the payroll, according to a presidency statement June 29. That followed Oracle’s decision to open an office in Abuja, the capital, in May. Other companies interested in taking on more work in Nigeria include IBM Corp. and Sweden’s Ericsson AB, according to Yusuf Kazaure, managing director of state-owned Galaxy Backbone, which provides technology services to the government.

Galaxy Backbone’s budget has increased by 30 percent this year to 4 billion naira ($12.7 million), Kazaure said in a phone interview last month. State funding for the company will probably increase at a similar annual rate for the foreseeable future, he said. Nigeria is investing 50 percent more on information and communications technology infrastructure this year, totaling about 41 billion naira, according to budget data.

“The government’s digitization drive is imperative in cutting out the middle man,” he said in an emailed response to questions June 29. “The existence of middle men has left room for corrupt and illegal practices to thrive in the governance and doing business in Nigeria.” Microsoft sees an opportunity to advise and train users, Adeniji-Adele said.

Nigeria’s ministry of industry, trade and investment is in talks with Microsoft to improve e-services, which ties into the government’s objective to improve its World Bank Ease of Doing Business ranking, Constance Ikokwu, communication adviser to Minister Okey Enelamah, said in an emailed response to questions.


Pantami, NITDA’s Boss, Says Agency Will Enhance Value Of Local Content Policy

By Amole Olatunde

The Director General/CEO of the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said the  government’s IT clearinghouse would enhance the value of local content promotion and development in the country’s ICT sector.

Dr. Pantami, at a recent public function in Abuja, said the NITDA, under his watch, would close leakages for waste of the country’s FOREX on ICT imports which have strong local substitutes and ensure strict adherence by the public sector on the local content policy.

Nigeria loses about $2.8 billion annually from the importation of ICT goods and services, including a whooping $1 billion spent annually on software imports. The NITDA’s boss said under dependency on software import hurts local skill development and the country’s financial health.

He lamented that a situation where locally assembled ICT devices represent less than 8% of all the devices used in the country is unacceptable, if Nigeria desires to grow.

“ICT provides veritable option for diversifying the economy because it has the added advantage of being able to improve efficiency and enhance productivity in all the other sectors of the economy.”

“We will collaborate with industry leaders and put policies in place to support young Nigerians to develop world-class ICT products. This was actually the plan that informed our decision to invite several startups to e-Nigeria and sponsored 16 to GITEX in October 2016. We also need to strongly plead with our international manufacturers to domesticate their products in order to achieve a win-win relationship.

“Within the limits of the mandate that set us up, we at NITDA are repositioning ourselves to filter the IT gadgets being imported to the country in the overall interest of the nation. It is a clarion call to all citizenry to transform NITDA into IT-driven and knowledge0based agency,” said Pantami.