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Internet group urges development of digital economy

07 January 2014, 16:40

Lagos - The President of the Nigeria Internet Group, Bayo Banjo, has urged the Federal Government to use Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to develop the country’s digital economy in 2014.

Banjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said that a developed digital economy would make Nigeria one of the 20 most developed economies by 2020.

He said that the country’s current digital level was still low compared with some other developing countries in Africa such as South Africa and Ghana.

According to him, the average Nigerian youth still lacks access to Internet facilities in his place of learning.

He said that this could deprive Nigeria of a developed digital economy.

Banjo said that a developed digital economy would also bring government closer to the people.

“The Federal Government should be committed to ensuring that the country is developing on a shared vision for information, communications and technology sector," he said.

Banjo said that the government should provide ICT facilities in public schools and hospitals to facilitate efficient service delivery.

“This will make ICT to deliver better services to other sectors,” he said.

He said that Nigerian students in public institutions should be able to access Internet within the vicinity of their institutions.

-    NAN

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