Nigeria can benefit from next industrial revolution - NCC

by Daily Trust

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said Nigeria and other African countries should take cognizance of the digital economy eco-system and generate critical mass of ICT adoption in order to benefit from the next industrial revolution.

The NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, stated this in his keynote address at a workshop, with the theme ‘Strengthening Capacities in Internet Governance in Africa’ convened in Abuja yesterday by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), an arm of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Prof Danbatta said digital eco-system drives social and economic transformation and Africa needed to key in quickly.

He listed elements of the digital transformation eco-system to include enabling policies and institutions; human capital; the ICT industry; communications infrastructure; and ICT applications and institutional change.

He urged participants to examine policies in place in the ecosystem with a view of making them more impactful to drive the required transformation.

He said: “The previous industrial revolutions did not witness the full involvement of the African continent. So, the continent is trying to make sure it is not left out in benefiting from the various important features of the upcoming fourth industrial revolution.

“While we’re doing this, we take cognizance of the digital economy eco-system; how do we generate that critical mass of ICT adoption and use, so that by so doing we can increase internet penetration, broadband penetration and mobile voice penetration,” he noted.

In his goodwill message, the ITU regional director for Africa, Mr Mathew Andrew Rugege, said the workshop is an annual event which the ITU regional office for Africa organises with the objective of providing a platform to African countries to share experiences, strengthen their knowledge and raise awareness on matters that concern the theme selected for the year.

Rugege, represented by the senior adviser in the ITU regional office for Africa, Mr Marcelino Tayob, averred that ICT and internet are the foundation of digital economic transformation, adding that the future of the young generations is dependent on internet and digital skills.

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