The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has called on the Federal Government to implement policies that would drive the growth in the Information Communication sector of the country.
Dr. Mrs Nike Akande, President of the LCCI, who made this call while unveiling the 2016 ICTEL Expo in Lagos, over the weekend, with the theme “Mobility, Technology and the Nigerian Economy’’, noted that the sector has the potentials of becoming a major contributor to the nation’s GDP.
She said the Expo, which will hold from July 26 to July 28, is an opportunity for various ICTEL companies in the country to showcase their various products, as it relates to national development through its contributions to overall GDP growth, adding that the ICT sector should be a major priority of the government in its diversification effort.
Akande noted; “With a large population of young urban people, Nigeria is likely to see accelerated growth of its digital economy. As a market with rising mobile penetration and a negligible fixed band structure, Nigeria has the opportunity to leverage mobile technology to improve social and economic outcome.
“This will be achieved across the consumer sector through e-commerce, financial services sector through mobile banking, mobile insurance, social services, education and health care.”
She commended government’s ICT road map that proposed the transition to a “Smart Digital Nigeria’’ to foster ICT growth, calling the on government to work on an effective implementation of the Road Map before 2019 as proposed.
She noted that the chamber seeks to draw attention to available opportunities in mobile technology and how it has impacted on business processes across the globe, stressing that mobile technology is making businesses more instant, relevant and smart.
“The platform provides a veritable opportunity for government and private sector operators to meet and articulate policies that will create employment and boost productivity of ICT sector,” she stressed.
Dr Chris Uwaje, former President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, advised that the government should upgrade to e-governance in its operations, maintaining that the electronic governance was the way for governments globally to manage information and data across all sectors of the economy.
The Special Adviser to the Minister of Communications, Mr AbdullahiBunuyo, stated; “I am glad that LCCI has initiated ICT into its policy programme. The ministry is ready to work with the chamber. This smart move of Nigeria’s internet penetration will continue until ICT is fully embraced because it changes our way of doing business.”