Danbatta talks about digital skills and ICT adoption among young people

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Teacher. Umar Garba Danbatta

Emma Okonji

The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has called on young Nigerians to take advantage of the Federal Government’s policies on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and adopt ICT to improve their digital skills.

He said that the adoption and use of ICTs will promote youth empowerment as it transforms processes and effectively acts as an enabler for efficient operations in all sectors of the economy including commerce. , agriculture, health, security and governance.

Danbatta made the call while presenting Fountain University’s 10th and 11th Combined Convening Lectures in Osogbo, Osun State over the weekend.

In his article titled: “Empowering Nigerian Youth through Information and Communication Technology,” Danbatta recalled the impact of the ICT revolution in all aspects of human endeavor across countries and continents. , emphasizing that technology will continue to penetrate and drive qualitative and quantifiable change in all areas. aspect of life.

On all continents of the world, people, organizations and countries continued to witness leaps forward in economic, social and political activities thanks to the instrumentality of ICT, which Danbatta said had integrated the computing, information and communication technologies to catalyze development in human ways and ways never envisioned decades ago.

According to Danbatta, Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles; Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate; Facebook, the world’s most popular social networking platform, creates little or no content; Alibaba, one of the world’s leading retailers, has little to no inventory, but has become a sign of prosperity relying entirely on ICT resources.

For Danbatta, it would be a failed prophecy decades ago if someone had said that a vehicleless company, simply via an app, would control more than 75 million active commercial drivers in at least 80 countries. It would also be disputed that, through a simple application, a company will provide accommodation to millions of travelers and tourists in more than 100,000 cities around the world.

He said that the previous contextual demonstrations of the possibilities of ICTs explain the Federal Government’s policy decisions to enhance the adoption of ICTs in building a robust digital economy in Nigeria, expressed in the National Policy and Strategy of the digital economy (NDEPS), 2020-2030; the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP), 2020-2025 and other sets of policies, guidelines and regulations derived from the NDEPS and NNBP.

Given that Nigeria accounts for 82% of the ICT market in Africa and 29% of Internet usage on the continent and that Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest growing region in terms of adoption of ICT, the Federal Government, in its determination to ensure that the nation fully realizes the benefits of ICT has instituted a broadband vision which will see Nigeria as a society of connected communities of high speed broadband access and connectivity throughput, Danbatta said.

In his welcome address, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olalekan Sanni, described Danbatta as an accomplished academic and administrator, whose wealth of experience was seen as worthy of tapping into the community. scholar to offer solutions to the problem of youth empowerment and suggest ways to improve the socio-economic life of Nigeria through effective use of ICT.

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