Why Nigeria is backward in ICT devt – Minister

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By Chioma Gabriel, in Barcelona, Spain

THE Minister of  Communications, Abdul Kareem Adebayo Shittu, has Nigeria and other countries in Africa were backward in ICT development because they were just warming up, still learning the ropes.

Speaking with Vanguard at the ongoing mobile world congress in Barcelona, Spain, Adebayo Shittu said Nigeria and others was not expected to progress at the same rate as other civilized nations which had been involved in ICT development for between 30 and 40 years.

He, however, promised to take Nigeria to the next level in ICT development, as Communications Minister.

After going round the exhibition hall of Huawei Technologies, Shittu said:  “I, indeed, have come,seen but don’t   know when Nigeria will conquer.

‘’But what is important really is starting but we cannot really catch up now. But if the political will is there, we will make it.

‘What is important is mobilizing everybody in government. I met the Swedish Communications Minister on ICT in this conference and I have invited him to Nigeria to bring investors in this regard at no cost to them.

“I am determined to make a huge improvement in Nigeria’s   telecoms sector as minister and I am putting everything to it.  ICT is the way to go in this age and the whole world is embracing it.”

 

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