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Expert tasks FG on good policies in ICT sector



Mr Femi Efunsanya, Information and Communications Technology (IT) expert, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to improve infrastructure by formulating policies for capacity building in the ICT sector.

Efunsanya, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MDOT Solutions, an ICT firm, told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that adequate power supply and broadband for Internet, would trigger growth in the sector.

He said this intervention became necessary as the ICT sector was a viable source of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the country.

“People, who invest in the infrastructure for the Internet both from within and outside Nigeria will find it profitable to do business in the country.

“People who use the online platform to train and learn and market their products will also find it profitable.

“Many youths, who are engaged in the ICT, have had to change from it to do some other things because the sector lacks the infrastructure to make their work profitable,’’ he said.

He stressed that good policies would also assist in creating an enabling environment for the ICT stakeholders and investors, both foreign and local.

Efunsanya said that the Nigerian citizens were talented enough to compete globally in any sector but were being hindered by poor infrastructure, policy instability among other factors.

The CEO said that many countries as India, Japan, America among others, had developed and improved their economy through the ICT, adding that Nigeria should borrow a leaf from those countries.

“It is heartening to know that Nigeria is currently going through a transition phase by diversifying from oil to other sectors including the ICT,” he said.

He expressed optimism that if the sector received the much-needed attention, it could generate more IGR than oil.

Edited by: Oluyinka Fadare

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