Friday, September 09, 2016

Airtel CEO says digital Nigeria to drive inclusive growth

The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, has asserted that efforts by the Federal Government to prioritize digitization, will drive inclusive growth for the populace, reports ITRealms.

Addressing audience at the Nigeria Stock Exchange CEO Roundtable, on “Navigating the changing landscape of business in Nigeria,” he said the mass adoption of connected digital services by consumers, enterprises, and governments, will emerge as a major driver and enabler of socioeconomic benefits, driving inclusive growth across sectors.

Implementing a vision of digital Nigeria, he said, will not only help diversify the economy for good but will also create massive employment opportunities and provide citizens opportunities and access to education, health, while opening up other sectors.

He buttressed this position by saying that the massive impact of digitization to economic growth and development, will increase a country’s scorecard and fuel growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita.

“ICT is important to every sector as it provides the right platform to drive the economy,” he said.

Further, he urged the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria to classify the telecoms sector under manufacturing as this will enable players in the sector benefit from the current Foreign Exchange direction.

Ogunsanya noted that the sector manufactures recharge cards and also provide high end telecommunications equipment that helps accelerate growth and adoption of mobile Internet and voice services in the country.

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