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Monday, April 04, 2016

ICT proficiency crucial to national development - Danbatta

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Garba Danbatta has said that proficiency in Information and communication technology (ICT) is a crucial element to national development, reports ITRealms.

Danbatta made this assertion at the third edition of the Nigeria Digital Agenda held in Lagos by Centre for Cybe Awareness and Development (CECAD).

He also noted that such element of national development empowers individuals, institutions and society as a whole.

According to Danbatta who was represented at the event by Diretor, Special Duties, Mrs. Iyabo Sholanke, listed some three outlines that form a strong digital agenda to include education of the people on the importance and benefits of embracing ICT as part of their daily lives.

In addition, he said such an agenda will comprise an improved access to ICT and provides channels to acquire digital literacy skills will result in improving socio-economic benefits, reducing digital divide and enhancing social and financial inclusion.

He further said that the theme of the forum on “Beyond Oil – ICT, A Veritable Alternative’ is timely and apt. to the present administration’s change agenda which is geared towards exploring other avenues for the creation of wealth for the nation rather than depending almost exclusively on the obviously dwindling revenue from oil.

“In this connection, ICT is definitely a veritable alternative source of revenue for the country,” he said.

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Pix: Panelist at the event: Ekuwem, NITDA rep, Uwaje, Bayero, Mrs. Sholanke of NCC, Lanre Ajayi and Rep form HotSauce.

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