ATCON says ICT will address sci & tech deficit in nigeria’s economy
As information and communication technology (ICT) crosscuts industries, it enables for growth and development and will address the Science and Technology deficit noticeable in Nigeria’s economy.
Mr. Olusola Teniola, president, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), made the remark during a presentation at a recent IT investment and exhibition held in Lagos, adding that ICT penetration is providing maximum benefit to the citizenry.
He said that the overriding essence of ICT is to address social-economic issues that have slowed down the progress of the country.Mr. Teniola said that the much-expected growth in the Nigerian ICT Sector can only be witnessed through closer international cooperation and strategic collaboration with a county that has demonstrated its love for ICT and has recorded a great feat in that regard.
“It was also agreed that nations would operate within their economic strengths as they attend to these action plans aimed at bringing about a global information society”.
The ATCON President reaffirmed the fact as evidenced by development from other countries that ICT as a sector can contribute immensely to the national GDP of a country and that ICT as an enabler, can result in improved market competitiveness of a nation’s products and services.
“ICT can impact positively on governance and other sectors of an economy and in turn ICT can effectively assist international economic integration, improve living standards and narrow the digital divide”, he added.
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