Sunday, July 10, 2016

NDSF 2016: Nigerian youths charged to turn ICT challenges into opportunities

The over 1,000 participants at the 2016 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series recently ended in Lagos, with Nigerian youths charged to turn challenges in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector into opportunities, reports ITRealms.

A copy of the communique made available to ITRealms by the convener and Executive Director, Operations, DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, noted that there are opportunities within every challenge.

She said, participants, made up of stakeholders, Internet service providers, electronic payment providers, cyber security professionals, students, youths and Internet Protocol gurus, pointed out that Nigeria has rich cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge; hence tourism apps could come up to document these heritages for use by visitors coming to Nigeria.

The communique also stated that development of social media in Nigerian languages is another opportunity, same with the gaming industry.

“There is also the opportunity to deepen citizen participation in governmental process and enhance public service delivery.

“Nigeria should embrace the great potentials in her human and natural resources and leverage on it to create services and products for Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6) compliance to address our local challenges,” part of the communique read.

On the way forward, participants agreed that there is need for everyone to get connected to the internet.

“There is need for network and content operators to make their networks and websites available over both IPv4 and IPv6 for the foreseeable future so that everyone can access the Internet whether they are using an IPv4 or an IPv6 address,” the communique stated, stressing that the internet is a public resource and people should be careful about what they post to avoid assault.

Participants also called for a stronger cyber laws to be enacted and implemented to prevent and curtail cybercrimes, pointing out that there is a great need to develop apps as well as capacity to help ensure cyber safety.

“Government at all levels should encourage e-governance as this will help in tracking government activities through the social media; it will also give people access to participate in governance thereby encouraging transparency and efficiency,” part of the communique read.

Emphasising, those young graduates should realize they are the architects of their own future and as such, they should learn early enough to take their destinies into their own hands as it concerns ICT and its usage.

The two-day forum was in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone, MTN Nigeria, SystemSpecs, Phase3 Telecoms, Airtel Nigeria among others, with endorsement from various industry interest groups.

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