By Chris Uwaje
What Nigeria must do to succeed in the 21ST century First, it is my candid professional opinion that, Nigeria cannot attain any meaningful and quality global development without ensuring that there is consistent, constant and un-interruptible electricity supply at all points and at all times. We used to hear that knowledge is power.
But for Nigeria, â€˜constant Powerâ€™ (electricity) will become the real knowledge tool for engaging 21st century global competitiveness!
Furthermore, there is an urgent need to re-define, update and refocus our national development strategies to critically address:
lICT Intervention and constructive engagement in â€œINFRASTRUCTUREâ€
lICT Intervention and constructive engagement in â€œEDUCATION & HEALTHâ€
lICT Intervention and constructive engagement in â€œGOVERNANCE Legislationâ€
lICT Intervention and constructive engagement in â€œINDUSTRY & COMMERCEâ€
lIT Intervention and constructive engagement in â€œCULTURE PROTECTIONâ€.
lICT Intervention and constructive engagement in â€œRESEARCH & DEVELOPMENTâ€
lICT Intervention and constructive engagement in â€œPublic-Private Partnershipâ€
lICT Intervention and constructive engagement in â€œGLOBAL COMPETITIVENESSâ€
Conclusion and recommendations
The Nigerian structure of Government, Industry and Academia (knowledge base) has been dis-connected for too longÂ – by applying such an out-dated strategy as â€˜EVEN DEVELOPMENTâ€™.
We have stagnated the machinery of progressive development, which grossly contributed to the under-development of our nation. Now is the time to re-connect governance with industry and academia, through a science, technology and knowledge-based public-private partnership (PPP) initiative as a strategic vehicle for national development and global competitiveness.
The transformation in the structure of global communications systems has redefined the basis of participation in development and modernity by creating new levels of entry into the global economy. Today, participation in the information economy has become the revised standard and fundamental precondition for economic development. At the same time, universal Internet access holds great promise for the following reasons
lSignificantly increasing the speed of achieving universal based on the achievement of universal access to Information, Communication Technologies (ICTS) and appropriate content and applications lDecreasing poverty around the world â€š through the linkage of access to ICT.
lOpening up global markets through Internet commerce to any individual or entity that can gain access to the Internet and to online communications tools. lIn the opening up and enabling of transparency in governance.
lIncreasing the spread of democratization through increasing civic discourse and citizen involvement in government.
The Internet, unlike other media, represents a new collective mental space. It is critical to ensure that all societies gain the opportunity to merge their existing worlds into, and become a part of an expanded world â€š that includes the new virtual world. Leaving the creation of this newly expanded world of ours to technocrats, engineers and the sway of multi-nationals is a recipe for a world that we would not want to bequeath to future generations.
With the advent of the Internet, nations, regions, cities, villages, and individuals are able to work and to come together within global, networked communities based on shared interests at a speed and inclusiveness never before possible.
WHEREAS Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and Education have become a subject of major concern to all human entities and indeed have now been recognised as the core tools for a more purposeful, and sustainable development and creation of wealth.
WHEREAS the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria â€“ the single largest concentration of Black people on Earth â€“ having recognised that knowledge, information and communication are the core attributes of human progress, desirous for engaging the challenges of creating a responsive information society (IS) and WHEREAS the associated enabling environment that would constantly require monitoring and updating for the Nation to thrive in a world that is constantly changing, challenges us to adopt and enshrine â€œInformation Technology and Communications Education and Access as a fundamental Human Rights in the Nigerian Constitutionâ€.
IDECLARATION: Information Technology (IT) Education and Access must become a Fundamental Human Rights in the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2011, if we must attain the goals of 20-2020.