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NITDA urges standard in software testing

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called for standard in software testing in the country.

Its Southwest Zonal Director, Mr Olayinka Adejuiba, made this call during a workshop in Lagos.

He said if there is standard for software testing, it would guide software developers on how to go about software testing, create jobs for software testers and protect Nigerians who would be the end users.

He noted that in ensuring software testing in the country, government can issue out policy that all software to be used in Nigeria must be tested.

Mr Adejuiba said with software testing, software brought into the country will be correct, functional and can stand the test of time, especially in the era of cyber security issues.

He said the issue of software has to do with basic decisions, nothing that using locally made software or the imported ones is a matter of preference.

He said software developers are capable of developing software for use in the country, but noted that the most important things is to ensure that the quality of the software meets the required standards.

“If we test our software appropriately, we will ensure that we do not have software failure, software would not be hacked, it would do what it is meant to do and we would be able to predict future happenings,” he said.

NITDA Head of Standard, Guidelines and Regulations, Mr Lazarus Nikoti added that there is need for a framework for software testing in the country. He said a framework is needed because a lot of money is spent on buying and importing software into the country.

“If the software is not properly tested, it will become a liability and would not fulfil its mandate. We need to put a framework in place to ensure that any software that is imported or developed in the country is tested. This would help us to know how they run on our systems, whether they will run well and if there is problem, it would be detected early enough. If the problem is detected late, it would cause a lot of hardship, loss of money, economic loss and would deny Nigerian developers of the necessary earning that they ought to have got from testing,” he said.

Mr Nikoti said if we ensure software testing in Nigeria, there will be value for money, in that the software will perform the work it is meant for, it would be reliable and compatible with our system.

 

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