Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Stakeholders want deployment of ICT for national development

06 December 2013, 06:39

Abuja - Some stakeholders have called on the Federal Government to develop an integrated framework which would facilitate increased use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in national development efforts.

The stakeholders made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the three-day e-Nigeria International Conference in Abuja on Thursday.

A communiqué was read by Vicent Olatunji, Deputy Director, Corporate Strategy and Research, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

The communiqué stated that the government should lead the campaign to patronise made-in-Nigeria ICT products so as to inspire indigenous enterprise and create institutional support for enterprise development.

It also stressed the need for Nigerians to appreciate made-in-Nigeria ICT products through increased patronage of locally made software so as to engender sustainable market and wealth creation.

“There should be massive campaign to encourage indigenous production of ICT products such as software and hardware as well as delivery of talent-based services.”

“It would serve as strategy for building a strong digital economy for the country.”

“Government should also intervene through pragmatic fiscal policies that grant tax waivers, protection of intellectual property and preference for locally made ICT products.”

“This is because no country can develop through over-reliance on foreign goods,” it said.

The communiqué urged governments at all levels to provide incentives for local equipment manufacturers.

“This should be done through tax rebates, lower bank interest rates and VAT exemptions,” it said.

The statement said that manufacturers should produce more computer components locally so as to create jobs and stimulate wealth.

It solicited the full implementation of NITDA’s guidelines on the Nigerian ICT Local Content Development and the National Software Policy to enhance the growth of the ICT sector.

It also stressed the need for NITDA to lead efforts to mobilise the private and public sectors toward the achievement of the objectives of the local content national strategy.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the e-Nigeria conference, which has “Local Content in ICT in Nigeria: The Journey so Far” as its theme, was organised by NITDA.

-    NAN

Tags abuja ict

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...