Okeremi Emerges ISPON President


The CEO of PFS Solutions, Dr. Yele Okeremi has emerged as the new president of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON).

He was elected the fifth President of ISPON, after the fourth President of ISPON, Mr. James Emadoye completed a one-term tenure of two years.

Other members of the newly elected executives of ISPON are: the Managing Director of Datalinks, Mr. Cliff Adams Bitrus as First Vice President; Managing Director, Neptune Software, Mr. David Majomi as second Vice President; Head, Brands and Marketing, SystemSpecs, Mr. Lanre Adelanwa as General Secretary; Director, Edalaf Brothers Limited, Dr. Falade Abiodun as Assistant General Secretary and Mr. Bimbo Abioye as Chairman, Policy and Strategy Committee.

During his inaugural speech, Okeremi thanked members of ISPON for their votes and promised to build on the legacy that the former president left behind.

He thanked Emadoye for his stewardship during his reign from 2016 to 2018 and promised to accomplish the task ahead of ISPON.

Speaking on the issue of low patronage of indigenous software, Okeremi who expressed dissatisfaction, called on Nigerians to support and encourage ISPON members and software developers in Nigeria by patronising indigenous software, which he said, needed the encouragement of industry stakeholders and the government to grow big.

“The richest people in the world are software developers. About 30 per cent of the richest people in the world are in technology and chiefly in software.

“The real wealth of a nation lies in the heads and minds of human beings and as Nigerians, we must continue to support and patronise indigenous software to enable the developers improve on their strengths and weaknesses.

“These are the kind of things we want to reverse in our county and society. Any society that fails to develop its human capital, is doomed for failure. We will continue to engage with the government through advocacy on the need for government to develop its human capital,” Okeremi said.

The challenges of software developers is that they do not have the opportunity to grow and develop skills and because they do not develop skills, they are unable to deliver quality software products, Okeremi added.

In his remarks, Emadoye noted that there was shortfall in the expectations of ISPON because the institute was yet to be chartered.