Information & Communications Technology (I.C.T.) as Viable Tool for Attaining Vision 20:2020

Topics: Information technology, Politics of Nigeria, President of Nigeria Pages: 6 (1590 words) Published: July 13, 2013
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (I.C.T.)
AS VIABLE TOOL FOR ATTAINING VISION 20:2020

Being a Paper Presented at

2nd Interdisciplinary Annual National Conference,
College of Foundation Studies and Entrepreneurship Education, Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure,
Jigawa State.

By

Nura Tijjani Abubakar, milm
nta@jsiit.edu.ng
School of Innovation Technology,
Jigawa State Institute of Information Technology, Kazaure.

22nd November, 2012
Abstract:

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has formidable potentials in Nigeria for attaining Vision 20:2020. It is obvious that advanced and sophisticated nations, to some extent, developed through the use of technology and the sciences. Nigeria is a nation starving from the new trend of technologies the worlds are revolving around which moves them “fast” forward economically, socially and even politically. This paper puts its weight on how Nigeria should use ICT to achieve mission. It also made clear indications that Nigeria has a high chance of occupying the status held by “super powers” of the world: America, the UK, China, Germany, France and the likes who boasted inventions that, today, makes the world a “global village” and makes life much easier and also provide affordable whim and caprice to most commoners.

Keywords: ICT, Vision 20:2020, development, technology, information, communications, Nigeria, national. Introduction
Not too long ago, Nigeria celebrated its Golden Jubilee amidst toughest battle to provide basic amenities to its inhabitants including but not limited to good roads, education, food, energy and the rest. Even with the teeming population, the nation fails to achieve the necessary development that could easily be attained from its abundant human and natural resources available. Absence of basic amenities, socio-economically, a nation has to be grossly dependant on those with the necessary science and communications technology at their disposal to cater for the needs of its people, comfort of their living and that is where the definition of “under-develop” applies (TeachMeFinance).

Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020
Early this year, the Ministerial Committee on ICT Policy Harmonization produced a draft; National Information Communication Technology (ICT) Policy quoted National Development Plan titled “ICT NIGERIA VISION 20:2020” which acknowledged the following as verbatim:

In respect of knowledge and digital divide the situation remains worrisome. This is, in terms of knowledge generation, penetration of ICT, access to and usage of internet and telephone penetration (fixed and mobile) and physical infrastructure. The knowledge and digital divide cuts across geographical, gender and cultural dimensions. It exists among the 36 states of the Federation plus the Federal Capital Territory, the 774 Local Governments, rural and urban areas, men and women, rich and poor, young and old, able bodied and disabled, illiterate and educated. (Committee on ICT Policy Harmonization, 2012)

Despite these nuances, when properly implemented in Nigeria, information and communications technology would save the nation from depending on other developed nations and would lead to full utilization of the available resources, human and natural to improve activities from manual to semi-auto, automated and electronic kinds, such as governance, agriculture, engineering, businesses, products and services.

The Challenges
We had series of talks, development plans, national policies and visions all directed towards a greater Nigeria. With that entire load, an erudite Nigerian opines:

The government of Nigeria has never had a sustained focus on the development and application of technology for transforming its national economy, and the education curriculum was not designed to deliver a leadership base in science and technology. (Emmanuel O., 2012)

The backwardness of our nations...

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