Africa Charged To Leverage Growth Potential Of ICT

Africa charged to leverage growth potential of ICT

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L-R: Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, Ms. Amina Oyagbola; Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokike and MTN Nigeria Director, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode at the second day of the Innovation Africa Digital Summit 2016 in Abuja…Wednesday

 

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has revealed that the

present administration is set to leverage the benefits of the digital revolution and the

huge potential of ICT to achieve ‘a smart digital Nigeria’. The Honourable Minister of

Communications made this known while addressing delegates at the opening

ceremony of the 14th Innovation Africa Digital Summit 2016.

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L-R: Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokike and Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, Ms. Amina Oyagbola at the second day of the Innovation Africa Digital Summit 2016 in Abuja…Wednesday

The three-day event kicked off yesterday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja. The

summit themed: ‘Harnessing Africa’s Digital Growth’, is Africa’s leading ICT Business

Summit. Over 500 senior executives across government, regulatory bodies, telecoms

operators and major end users of ICT from all over Africa, Asia, the Middle East and

Europe are attending the summit.

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L-R: MTN Nigeria Directors, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode and Col. Sanni Bello (rtd) and Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, Ms. Amina Oyagbola at the second day of the Innovation Africa Digital Summit 2016 in Abuja…Wednesday

Explaining the rationale behind the administration’s decision to unlock positive

growth using digital platforms, Barrister Adebayo Shittu stated: “ICT has changed the

course of history and added value to all that we do.” The Minister said that the

Federal Government has developed a roadmap to be unveiled soon towards achieving

exceptional growth through ICT.

 

Speaking on the importance of the summit, Amina Oyagbola, MTN Executive pointed

out that the IAD Summit presents another opportunity for Africa to deliberate on

further steps to develop the ICT sector as an engine of growth and thereby improve

its contribution to the GDPs of African countries.

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L-R: Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Ms. Nonny Ugboma; MTN Nigeria Director, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode and Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, Ms. Amina Oyagbola at the second day of the Innovation Africa Digital Summit 2016 in Abuja…Wednesday

According to Oyagbola, “there continues to be increasing optimism and enthusiasm in

international circles about Africa huge potential for growth and development. From

education to financial inclusion, agriculture to solid minerals, e-government to mobile

health, ICT is key to ensuring maximum impact across key elements involving people,

processes and productivity. ICT can retool and up skill people in every sector, upgrade

processes for greater operational efficiency, create jobs and enhance productivity for

stronger growth while attracting further investment.”

Delivering the goodwill message from the Presidency, Secretary to the Government of

the Federation, Eng. Babachir Lawal said that the IAD 2016 summit heralds a new

dawn in progress driven development through ICT as the Federal Government duly

recognizes the role of ICT in fostering a viable economy.

“We are proud to be part of the 2016 IAD summit because we believe in its potential

to contribute to national and regional development” Lawal said.

Other African countries represented at the event include Sierra Leone, Lesotho,

Ethiopia, Ghana and Cameroun.

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