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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Adeleke tasks Nigerian youths on Internet usage

President, Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN), Chief Samuel Adeleke, has tasked Nigerian youths on the use of the internet.

Speaking recently at the 2010 edition of the Nigeria Internet Governance forum organized by the Digital Sense Africa (DSA) in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Lagos, Chief Adeleke said that youths should take the bull by the horn and explore the internet positively.

He recalled that there was a time in Nigeria when some creative individuals came up with the concept of filling bread nylon and then called it ‘ice water’, which was being sold at the traffic due to the tropical weather of the country and people were patronizing it.

“Those of you who remember the initial pure water that is, a polythene or nylon bag used for bread, filled with water and wrapped on top,” he noted, stressing that it was then called ‘ice water.

According to him, the person that has the best of innovative ideas would carry the day.

Pointing out that the idea came because it was usually sold on the road during traffic and somewhere decided to package it into pure water, which is today being sealed by machines for mass production and in fact being produced at almost every cranny of the country.

Adeleke, therefore charged Nigerian youths to be an idea creator as far as the internet is concerned, because by the time others would discover it, he or she must have made sufficient money.

“Be an idea creator so that when others join, you must have made your money. And that is my appeal to you,” he urged.

Also speaking, the president, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Mr. Lanre Ajay, said that in discussing Internet Governance, there are key issues that come to the fore, namely security, openness and privacy as well as access, diversity and critical Internet resources.

For Ajayi, he did not see reason why some computers could not be made to use local languages to enable locals to read their own information on the internet in their own languages or local dialect.

“This means, we must have computers that could be used in those local languages that have key board that support local languages,” Ajayi said.

Pointing out that Google and Yahoo are companies that are solely based on the Internet and they are making more money than the oil companies in Nigeria and there are some other smaller Internet based.

The Nigeria Internet Governance Forum is the second that DSA is organizing with NCC, while this year’s global edition would hold in September, 2010 in Lithuania.

ITRealms Online recalls that Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is run by the IGF secretariat, with the purpose of supporting the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue - the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

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