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Broadband is enabler for freedom, security of the citizen

30 September 2009   |   2:51 am
SELECTED top players of the communications industry in Nigeria recently brainstormed on the way forward in improving the Nigerian citizen and his environment. In a lead presentation paper, Ernest Ndukwe, EVC of NCC drew a correlation between freedom and security on one hand, and between security and capability to apply knowledge as these apply to the human being on the other.

He said if the application of ICT was to solve human problems, the focus must necessarily be on the human beings who use technology and not on the technology itself. It is for this reason that value-added services are key to the major revenue streams of service providers.

He believes this is how the all-important issue of how ICT’s are used to enhance e-health, education, industrial development, and transportation.

To aspire to world standard services in all of the applications areas, policies must favour citizens’ application of these technologies, and we must continue to grow and expand our ICT facilities, thus enabling our people to emancipate socially, politically and economically.

Consequently all the above leads to the conclusion that the ability to feel secure and to be free in the 21st century, is inevitably tied to the availability of information and communications facilities.

Other panelists among who were Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr., DG Nigerian Economic Summit Group and former Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Managing Partner, Grand Central, Dr. Uju Agomoh, founder of Prisons Rehabilitation and Welfare Action, Dr. Ken Ife, IT Consultant and Mr. Ibrahim Dikko, executive director, Etisalat have the opinion that education is the major Information Technology factor and more resources need to be channelled towards educating the youths on the benefits of ICT.

Security is all about creating an educated population that can create what they need to solve their problems. Mr. Frank Nweke Jr. in particular recalled his days in office as minister of Information and Communication when Nigerian telecom industry was always a model to be proud of in the comity telecom regulators.

After recognising the commendable work done so far in promoting internet access from dial up through GPRS, the need to migrate to broadband access was emphasised.