Potential in ICT sector shows Nigeria’s readiness to digital economy

An ICT expert, Mr Peter Akinremi, says the potential in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector shows the country’s readiness toward digital economy.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 the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.

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

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

He added that “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.”

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

According to him, ICT has brought about equal footing, financial inclusion and competition in the delivery of services
in the business environment.

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 opportunity for wide business coverage and access to regional and international
markets,” he said.

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