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Stakeholders canvass national ICT plan

By Adekunle Adekoya

ABUJA — FOR Vision 20-2020 to succeed, the Federal Government has been told that it should muster the needed political will for implementation of the National ICT4D Plan. This was the consensus of participants at the three-day e-Nigeria 2010 Summit which ended yesterday in Abuja.

Also, the participants urged governments at all levels and the private sector to quickly find solutions to the identity management crisis stalling the use of ICT in businesses, as well as empower women and youths to accelerate national development.

The e-Nigeria 2010 Summit , with the theme, ‘National ICT4D: Implications for Vision 20-2020’, organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, was declared open Tuesday by President Goodluck Jonathan, represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Professor M.K. Abubakar.

During the summit, a total of 17 papers were presented, with each presenter listing action plans by which national development could be accelerated. Among those who presented papers were Dr Armstrong Takang, MD/CEO of Alteq, Professor Charles Akinyokun of FUT, Akure, Mr Jim Ovia, Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Professor Charles Uwadia, President, Nigeria Computer Society, and Dr Chris Uwaje, President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, ISPON, and Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, CEO , Teledom International Ltd, among others.

At the last plenary session, which was presided over by Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman/CEO, Zinox Technologies, both industry and government were enjoined to begin using Nigerian ICT products, since that is one of the ways by which Nigerian youths can be productively engaged and employment generated.

Urging all and sundry to buy Nigerian, Chief Ekeh noted that continued preference for foreign ICT products will only result in more capital flight and underdevelopment of the nation to the advantage of those we are buying from.

In his own contribution, Dr. Ekuwem noted that we have to equip our youths.

“Behind juvenile delinquency there is adult delinquency. We must equip our youths for tomorrow.”

He added that in reality, there is nothing like globalization, and urged the Federal Government to protect local industry, especially since the much-touted technology transfer is a mirage.


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