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Expert urges govt to remove barriers to digital expansion, infrastructure



Prof. Adesola Aderonmu, the President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) said the government has the responsibility to remove barriers to digital expansion and infrastructure to promote direct foreign investments for economic growth.

The two-day event earlier began with the induction of new IT professionals and had the theme: `Digital Infrastructure: Defining the Next Step.’

“We need to address the issue of broadband, poor connectivity that has led to poor service delivery, ensure that our systems leverage on the benefits of emerging technologies to boost our economy.

“The government also needs to put policies in place to drive digital growth and ensure Nigeria achieves the Sustainable development Goals agenda of 2030,” he said.

Aderonmu added that investing in digital infrastructure would ensure that there was inclusive digital growth.

Also speaking, Dr Charles Uwadia, Chairman-in-Council, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) reiterated that boosting infrastructure was a major step toward developing and improving the economy of the nation.

Uwadia said that infrastructure development included digital infrastructure, which required to be updated as the world was revolving.

According to him, the development of any nation is measured by the degree and extent of growth in the socio-cultural, socio-economic and political spaces, which are all driven by IT.

“Infrastructure has always been important to a nation’s economic growth and success, but the infrastructure needed for today’s economy is rapidly changing with advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

“This new infrastructure is critical to delivering the next wave of innovation and economic growth to all nations.

He mentioned that the digital infrastructure required to ensure transformation included, internet backbone, fixed broadband, mobile telecommunications, communication satellites, network infrastructure, big data analytics, data centres, cloud computing, robotics, block chain technology, among others.

He added that the IT assembly would discuss issues on outdated regulatory policies, lack of public funding for investment and dearth of talented pool of skilled individuals.

Uwadia said that the assembly would also address opportunities for digital infrastructure, removal of impediments to the expansion of digital infrastructure and other challenges in the industry.

Mr Peter Amangbo, Former Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, in his keynote address, said that financial institutions were already adopting Fintech, a technology that aided the banking system and improved the economy.

Represented by Mr Umar Ahmed, the Executive Director of the bank, Amangbo explained that Fintech was the new applications, processes, products, or business models in the financial services industry that eases the system.

He, however, noted that the technology was yet to be widely spread to ensure service delivery in the banking system and financial inclusion.

Amangbo called on stakeholders to invest wisely in digital infrastructure that would advance the economy.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the annual general meeting would reach be concluded with an election of new officials to oversee the activities of the council.

Edited by Felix Ajide

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