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Real Independence, ICT and Nigeria
As Nigeria observed its Independence anniversary, Jidaw's MD, Jide Awe, wrote on Real Independence, ICT and Nigeria. The following is a summary of his thoughts:
Oct 1, 2009 - Again, it's another 1st of October - Nigeria's Independence Day. But what is Nigeria celebrating - real or flag independence? Is Nigeria really independent if ICT is a bystander? How is ICT helping to facilitate genuine sovereignty?
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ICT plays important roles both as a sector in its own right and as a contributor to key sectors of the economy. And various committed stakeholders participate daily in Nigeria's Information Technology (IT) and Telecom space.
The activities of stakeholders give Nigerians some hope. But hope is not enough. The question is how to achieve national objectives through ICT. ICT is a tool not the objective.
Nigeria must move beyond GSM. The majority of the populace is still outside the digital loop. Can national objectives be achieved; can Nigeria truly be independent, if the economy is not knowledge driven? That is the question.
Sustainable growth in Nigeria's ICT sector will depend on its people. People are Nigeria's most important resource. Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation. But independence isn't just about numbers. What is the level and quality of human capital?
Digital consumption is high, but what does Nigeria produce? The biggest market or the biggest producer? And in a world where job security is dead, in a climate of rising unemployment and the associated socio-economic problems, enterprise development is a necessity.
It is essential to encourage new broadband expansion initiatives. To fully benefit from these interventions it is also important to improve last mile connectivity nationwide.
But ICT is not a cure all. In fact if this sector is to be an engine for sustainable development, serious attention must be paid to creating an enabling environment which stimulates significant investment in the ICT sector and supports ICT and ICT enabled activities.
What is the purpose of ICT in Nigeria? What is independence without purpose? Or are we simply spending money and shooting in the dark? The question of sustainability is always there. ICT must go somewhere. We must reject the action of a barber's chair.
Individual initiatives in ICT are great. They indicate that the people of Nigeria reject digital slavery.
Beyond individual empowerment activities Nigerians must challenge
leadership in all sectors and hold them accountable! Leaders must stop
sleeping on the job. Strong and responsible leadership is required NOW to
drive significant progress. True independence requires leadership that
understands and appreciates the role of ICT. Independence is about a
generation fulfilling its mission.
We wish the people and friends of Nigeria a happy anniversary and true independence. God bless the good people of Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.
The Team @ Jidaw.com
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October 2, 2009
Akan Antia of Calabar, Cross River state, Nigeria says:
I thank for this detailed info. The problem however is with the leaders. Will they rise uo to their responsibilities. Thanks for the sensitization. God bless Nigeria. Amen.
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