ICT, Panacea To Nigeria’s Poor Economy – Saraki

The Communication and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa of the Google, Mr. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade (left) during one of the training sessions at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, recently.

Proper use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools has been said to be of a great help towards the transformation of the country’s economy.
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, said this while paying host to some foreign dignitaries  in Abuja last Wednesday.
The Tide source gathered that developing an open and competitive ICT environment would aid the nation in plans to increase its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Saraki, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, revealed that the ICT sector accounted for about 11 per cent of the GDP three years ago.
According to him, the sector could also serve as a huge revenue means as well as provide jobs for the army of the unemployed people in the country.
He pointed out that it could be achieved, if only some regulatory and political attention to the sector are relaxed.
Putting the number of Nigeria online users at 86 million, the high rise in proliferation of technology clusters together with the growth of cross-border ICT services, he said the people’s perception towards ICT must be changed.
Another way to move the ICT sector forward was to think of how to support the growth of more technology companies in the country.
The Tide also gathered that the senate president made case for ICT development via improved school curriculum in favour of science, mathematics, and technology.
The Tide further learnt that the senate president will in June this year, host a Chief Executive Officers (CEO) roundtable centered on Nigeria’s leading ICT executives.
The issues of discussion, as it was revealed, will major on ICT development, so as to attract more youths to the sector.