Jonathan urges increased ICT role in Africa

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday called on all African countries to become more active in the digital revolution going on in the world.

Speaking at an international conference on information and communications technology, in Ndjamena, the Chadian capital, President Jonathan observed that because of the strong correlation between the efficient deployment of ICTs and socio-economic development, Nigeria and other African countries stand to gain a lot from the effective adoption of the new technologies.

“Africa and Africans must be active participants in the digital revolution that is taking place all around the world. We must in fact be at the forefront of that revolution, creating information societies and knowledge based economies,” he said.

“We need to encourage the development of our local ICT industries, creating companies to drive added domestic economic value, create jobs and support sustainable growth in GDP,” the President told the gathering which was hosted by President Idriss Deby of Chad.

Mr. Jonathan said to ensure Nigeria got the full benefits of new information and communication technologies, which include improving national commerce, the development of an ICT workforce, the creation of high skilled, high paying jobs, improved international competitiveness and the establishment of stronger, more competitive small and medium businesses, the Federal Government was judiciously implementing a National ICT Policy, National Broadband Strategy and Roadmap and the Guidelines for Nigerian Content in the ICT industry.

“The results of our efforts in this regard include an ICT sector that is 19 per cent of our Services sector which in itself is 54 per cent of total GDP. In addition to this, the ICT sector has an enabling effect on other sectors of the economy contributing a further 2.56 per cent of added value,” Mr. Jonathan said.

He said that in addition to encouraging and facilitating the development of ICTs within Nigeria, his administration was also helping to increase the geographic spread of high capacity broadband networks to support the harmonious and integrated development of regional economies in Africa.

“With over 10 terabytes of undersea cable landing on our shores we are, through the bi-lateral Nigeria Niger Joint Commission extending that capacity to Niger and we are in the process of entering into an MoU with the Chadian Government to interconnect the optic fibre networks of Chad and Nigeria,” he told guests and participants in the conference.

Noting that information and communication technologies and the internet have clearly become catalysts that can expand the scope and scale of socio-economic development, President Jonathan commended his Chadian counterpart for hosting the conference.

The Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, Hamadou Toure, lauded Mr. Jonathan for his vision and leadership which has kept Nigerian in the forefront of ICT development in Africa.

Mr. Toure said; “For five years running, Nigeria remains the number one country in ICT development in the continent.

“And to have won it five times in a row means you must have done something right.

“This is due to the leadership and the vision that you have in your country, and I would like to thank you on behalf of the ITU,” he said.

He also expressed gratitude to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, for her support and leadership to the ITU over the years.

“In the past few years she has been the patron of our child online protection initiative, protecting children in the cyber space, which is the greatest challenge we face as we enter the cyber world.”


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  • Magee Okereke

    I know the country is doing well in technology but more will be done if the solve the issue of electricity in Nigeria.

  • Save Nigeria Father

    Nigeria need an enhanced process of this nature that transcends above all tribalistic barriers to emerge as a nation to watch. A strong opposition is a welcome development to our political economy. The political class will soon understand the need for diversification in our economy though for their own interest for the quest to control will serve out to the betterment of the nation.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    I wonder if Buhari held that meeting on purpose, knowing what would happen in the Senate? I believe Buhari is holding all of his cards closely. He’s met with some very experienced and knowledgeable people that could consult him on how to achieve the best outcome for Nigeria. Some people claim the President is uneducated and elderly, but I think he’s more savvy than people give him credit. He’s certainly been keeping company with people outside Nigeria that are extremely competent. I don’t think he’s just wasting time with them.

  • Gwongworo

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    These folks are the worst regime take-off I have ever seen in the entire world. Dictator Buhari & hide-and-seek Osibanjo have refused to declare their assets publicly till further notice to enable them sell enough crude oil to buffer their assets; Now DICTATOR Buhari enjoys running Nigeria in his kitchen; he is the president and oil minister in one; no ministers, nobody directing agencies, 2 special assistants on Media (NOW THAT MUST BE CHANGEE!) both blowing LIES from one side each of their two mouths implying two mouths in ONE. Thiefnubu is angry at Buhari and Buhari does not give a damn, Lying Mohammed is dazed, encouraged to resign for incompetency and no one gives a damn; nPDP took over NASS, CPC took over presidency, ACN took over vice-presidency, ANPP/APGA are becoming impatient, incompetent APC governors who have led their states into a state of bankruptcy with debts and non-payment of workers’ salary now want poor Nigerians to bail them out for they are too new to CHANGE; Boko Haram is rejoicing that their man has taken over Aso Rock so they resort to killing more innocent Nigerians because that is the only way Bokos know how to rejoice; BRITAIN now partakes in running our presidency, vice-presidency, NASS, military; BRITISH and neo-colonialist NGOS & news organizations like Amnesty International, Reuters AFP, BBC are targeting individuals/ethnic groups/institutions in Nigeria that could question their clandestine activity; sensing being left out in the evolving all-progressive come-and-chop dispensation even the USA has joined the chorus by promising $5m to MNJTF, because they still do not trust Nigerians with money, and also to help recover looted money even though they know where our looted monies are lodged since 1970; clearly, lo and behold, Nigeria has been thrown to VULTURES, FOXES, PRINCIPALITIES, and WILD ANIMALS.

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