Nigeria’s ready to grow into a digital economy- ICT Expert

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An ICT expert says the potential in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector shows Nigeria’s readiness toward the digital economy.

Peter Akinremi, who is also the West Africa Regional Coordinator, African Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS), an NGO said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday.

He said that the statistics and growth in internet usage are indications of Nigeria readiness toward a digital economy and the transition to ICT-driven system and processes.

Akinremi also said that internet access has become an essential commodity in Nigeria and across the globe.

“The increase to internet access by Nigerians shows the enormous opportunities in the ICT sector and its potential to contribute immensely to the economy.

“Its impact on every sector of the economy is clearly visible and could not be denied.

“Internet has the potential to strengthen the quality of education in Nigeria, improve quality of lives and contribute to poverty reduction.

“It also has the capacity to facilitate and drive employment and trade opportunities both within the region and across the globe.”

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Akinremi said that the internet has been the engine of access to information and has empowered Nigerians to demand for transparency, accountability and good governance.

He said that internet access and usage caused a greater shift in the way businesses were currently conducted.

“The internet has enabled businesses to reach more customers, brand awareness and to generate profit.

“It has given access to data exploration and exploitation for business research to generate leads, tailored and customised adverts.

“And more importantly, it has given an opportunity for wide business coverage and access to regional and international markets,” he said.

Posted by Yetunde Adegoke

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