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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Ekuwem advises youths on computer literacy

By Remmy Nweke

PRESIDENT, Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has advised Nigerian youths on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) saying they have to begin with being computer literate.

For him, computer literacy has become a universal language that Nigerians especially the youth cannot just ignore, of which doing so would be at their own peril.

Speaking at the recently ended Computer, Telecommunication and Office Equipment (CTO-06) at a special session for students and aspiring entrepreneurs in a paper titled “Expand Your Frontier: The Knowledge-based Economy,” Dr. Ekuwem said that clicking to wealth at this era of digital revolution, is by the art of participating in the global knowledge-base economy.

Dr. Ekuwem, who also is the chief executive, Teledom Group noted this starts with being computer literate.

He also advised those aspiring to become entrepreneurs nowadays to learn to use the Internet positively, because, “It’s a global reservoir of knowledge and skills”.

According to him, they should aspire towards owning a Personal Computer (PC) either in small groups or even take a lease, due to its importance and the value it would add to their lives.

“It’s a host to resources and it’s your interface with the world especially if the PC has Internet access,” he said.

Dr. Ekuwem further counseled youths to register their own domain name either as “personal, school, family, club and business as well as develop a website accordingly”.

Whatever they think forms part of their offering to the rest of the world, he said, should be on their website.

Stressing, “Your physical self is located in one geographical space in time, but your website is yourself located in the cyberspace; quasi omni-present and accessible globally”.

Nigerian youths and upcoming entrepreneurs should, he said, begin to think and act electronically by minimizing physical movements and reducing hard copy syndrome, so as to be locally productive.

This, he elucidated would avail them the chances of gaining man-hours.“Start thinking globally while acting locally,” he concluded. The session was sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc.

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