The chairman of Zinox Group, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh has advocated for a consolidated budget for the newly created Communications Technology Ministry, just as he canvassed for
Reviewing the year 2011, Dr. Ekeh said that one thing that happened in the Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector was sensitization of the populace, which began with the use of data capturing machines by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of the electoral process.
According to him, the data capturing process involves Nigerians availing the government their records and they see it happening, hence the awareness has been created on what technology and particularly computers could do.
In addition, he said that the creation of Communications Technology Ministry by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) should be seen as a plus for the country and for the sector precisely.
Ekeh also cited an instance with the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) being managed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), saying that USPF has been consistent in discharging its mandate, especially now that it’s deploying two digital libraries in each of the states of the federation.
He, therefore said that the budget for ICT is not yet consolidated among the ministries and if done it would usher in a good omen for the country.
He expressed optimism that the education sector would do well if automated and backed with relevant content.
According to him, students from poor homes should be able to have access to education, because they may choose to study from home instead of going to be resident in schools, which cost additional money and still take same examinations.
He lamented that most companies collapsing today were due to lack of capacity building.
He commended the federal government for creating the Ministry of Communications Technology, adding that the broadband strategy of the ministry led by Mrs. Omobola Johnson is achievable, but there must be buy-in by the private sector under the Public-Private Partnership.
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