ICTs may appear new age and sophisticated but get deep – and see development and opportunities – Jidaw urges you to see innovation. Essentially ICTs address the barriers of time, money and distance – getting things done faster, reducing costs, opening up new avenues for progress and interacting and engaging effectively with others in different geographical locations.
ICT ideas and technology are redefining how people and organizations interact in all sectors of the economy. At Jidaw we believe that technology is here to stay because it helps individuals, organizations and governments solve problems, address challenges and create opportunities.
Widen access to ICT facilities and observe the staggering multiplier effects. Good examples are the telecom and internet revolution in Nigeria. ICT is the infrastructure of this age – which is gradually becoming the age of innovation. As Jidaw as stated previously: “The old economic success factors of land, labour and capital are no longer the success factors for the new economy; it is now information and communications technology.” Lack of access equals digital divide. Improvements are noticeable in the availability of phone, IT applications, Internet and other related services in Nigeria. There are more mobile phones and laptops in offices, homes and the public than ever before.
So Jidaw asks: has night turned to day? Not quite. In view of Nigeria’s size and requirements ICT infrastructure and access is still grossly inadequate. Issues of ICT penetration and qualitative infrastructure retard growth. And epileptic power supply increases the cost of ICT. But is infrastructure the sole issue?
The answers are not limited to increased hardware and software consumption, or infrastructure. Nigeria has been identified as the fastest moving and one of busiest ICT market sectors in the world. Hurray? At Jidaw we worry. Is that enough? Big market, Big consumer or Big market, Big player? Importing nation at what cost? At the cost of the future? Are we buying blackberry, tablets and selling the future?
For us at Jidaw inclusive, meaningful development is non negotiable. So why are we so satisfied only with consuming the results of IT? And not in creating value, creating the new? Let’s not get carried away with the noise and window dressing. Jidaw pleads!
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Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting