Experts task Nigerians on ICT development
Nigerians have been urged to acquire knowledge on Information Technology (IT), as its importance cannot be underemphasised.
Experts explained that IT provides a platform for job creation as well as solving problems in all sectors of the economy.
They made this known at the REBOOT 2016 Conference, organised by Global Virtual Nigeria, with the theme: “The Power of Open Source”, which was held in Lagos.
The Lead Training Consultant of VNigeria, Adesanya Adedayo, said Nigerians need to be conscious of the importance of IT in their environment, noting that with the advancement of software tools by IT entrepreneurs, jobs would be made easier and organisations would downsize their staff leaving them unemployed.
He stressed that individuals with IT skills have leverage, as every sector of the economy needs IT knowledge and personnel for development.
Also speaking, the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Sarah Sosan, stressed that youths should acquire IT skills, and make themselves employable, which would give them an edge in governance.
“We are in a technological age, everyone should find an aspect of technology that they will be well skilled in, and this will help you in enhancing whatever you have. The e-knowledge in different area will help each and every one of us to mould whatever we are doing, especially the youths, I am very keen about the youth because they are still very full of energy, and they are very creative and IT will make it more productive for them, it will give them a short cut to solving solutions.
She advised that rather than spending time chatting on social media platforms, youths should engage in sending ideas that will help change the country from its current situation.
She noted that the creation of the 500,000 jobs for youths by government is based on enhancing IT at the different levels of the economy.
She further urged the government to utilise youths with IT skills to help solve the problems bedevilling the country.
“Government has to key in, most of these youths already have this IT knowledge, but it can be improved upon and it can be applied in many other areas,” she added.
Also speaking on the importance of IT in tertiary institutions, a Professor of Computer Science, Babcock University, Ogun State, Sunday Idowu, who spoke with The Guardian, said the effective way to solving problems and making contributions to the country’s national economy is to be equipped with IT skills, regardless of a person’s status in the society.
“We need to equip our universities and polytechnics with Internet resources. IT provides a platform where we can be job creators, so in our little way we can make contributions to the general GDP of the country by making good use of our skills in IT, which is a very critical factor in national development,” he said.
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