Experts: Technology the Biggest Driver of Change in Africa

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AFRICANGLOBE – Technology has been adjudged as the biggest driver of change for developing nations of the world and being instrumental to Africa’s transformation over the past decade.

According to the Steven Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, who was represented by the company’s Director of Network Engineering, Temi Ogunbambi at the at the just-concluded Economist Conference sponsored by Etisalat in Lagos with the theme: ‘Nigeria Summit 2013: Enabling and Implementing Change’; most developing nations around the world have come to recognize the importance of information technology in the development of their various countries.

He highlighted some of the obstacles to the growth of the telecoms sector, saying that tough regulatory and policy situations were faced on both federal and state levels, especially when applying for right of way or bringing in infrastructure.

“There needs to be some form of national integration. Etisalat Nigeria invests a significant sum in base stations. There needs to be public education and inclusion, to develop a sense of purpose and ownership so that subscribers become aware that if base stations are destroyed, the community will be deprived. Until the environment and policies are friendly, we cannot fully unleash the potential of investments.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan acknowledged that Africa is one of the world’s most rapidly growing economies.

Outlining his outlook for Nigeria for the next decade, Jonathan said, government’s commitment is to ensure a clean electoral process, economic inclusion, industrialise the country, especially through the oil and agricultural sectors for the purpose of job and wealth creation.

He added that “50 percent of the population are below the age of 35. We have an enormous youth population that we must create jobs for. By creating entrepreneurial skills for young people, one youth can employ five or more.”

 

By: Oluwabusayo Sotunde