Minister, Stakeholders applaud media role in Nigeria’s ICT growth

Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu and Stakeholders in the Information Communications Technology industry (ICT) have applaud the role that ICT journalist have played in the growth and development of

the industry since the introduction of the GSM into the country through their reportage. The stakeholders in the industry who spoke one after the other at the 2016 Titans of Tech Award and Dinner organised by Technology Africa to honour experts in Nigeria’s industry for their technical expertise, which has brought fame to Nigeria in the global ICT sphere said that ICT has greatly positioned Nigeria and brought much fortune to the nation.
The Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu who was a special of guest of honour at the event acknowledged that cooperation from all stakeholders has moved the ICT forward saying that “I want to assure you that I am prepared to fully collaborate with you to ensure we move this sector forward.”
Shittu who spoke about the development made so far in the industry through collaborative efforts of stakeholders said that the Nigerian ICT sector stands at the precipice of a new digital revolution that requires bold policy changes and industry reinvention noting that proactive and responsive policies have been the key driver of the evolution and development of the industry.
He said further that government is determined to ensure a fast pace of the ICT transformation on the continent with a consolidate industry and regulatory framework, stressing, “The current industry governance structure is still way behind the 21st century technological realities.”
The Minister observed that there is an urgent need to achieve convergence of regulatory framework, provide economic and policy stimulus for investment in telecommunications and ICT upstream businesses and digital broadband infrastructure to drive the new demands of the digital economy.
According to him, the federal government has approved a new roadmap for the sector to further diversify the economy adding that ICT has provided unprecedented facilities and opportunities for Nigeria in order to leapfrog into the knowledge-driven global economy and enjoy the benefits of socio-economic development offered by the post information age.
He urged stakeholders in the industry galvanise their lofty ideas to key into the federal government smart digital government initiative to deliver ICT to Nigeria since the sector is crucial to the overall development of the country.
The Minister said that the Ministry is drafting a bill to unbundle ICT infrastructure to enable it contribute more to the national economy explaining that the bill is aimed at increasing private participate in the ICT industry.
Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila who chaired the occasion said that the media has help to broaden his knowledge of ICT through the reporting of the industry.
He thanked the media for their role in the promotion of the development of the sector in the economy noting that it has helped to attract investors into the country.
He said that without the media, the gamut of the growth recorded in the ICT industry such as the ICT 30 percent GDP contribution, internet penetration of 50 percent, mobile penetration of about 90 percent and estimated 150 million users of internet currently in the country would not have been known.
Managing Consultant, Technology Africa, Mr. Don Pedro Aganbi promised that Technology Africa would continue in its effort of promoting the development and adoption of ICT in Nigeria.
He that Titans of Tech was designed to recognise more recent contribution to ICT development in Nigeria saying that it is belief of Technology Africa that technology is shaping the world and only organisations and individuals that can take advantage of the window of opportunities on offer.
The event also witness the launch of a book chronicling the contribution of Nigeria’s Top 50 Tech Titans for their visionary leadership and excellence in the use of ICT by organisations in all walks of life to solve problems, improve performance, introduce new services and drive real, inclusive development and transformation in Nigeria through ICT.

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