4 “This initiative is targeted at ensuring that Nigerian citizens become ICT literate in order to afford them the opportunity to actively participate in the digital world and the new economy thereby accelerating their socioeconomic development.
6 According to him, this challenge has bedevilled the business of local information technology players in the country from hardware to software and to services and it had been the same story.
8 Shittu said that further innovative ways were emerging for funding ICT development, adding that the broad mechanisms being considered now included but not limited to the following – Global Internet subsidy, privacy issuance, shared knowledge duty, attention levy.
9 The minister said that the theme of the conference, which is “Smart Unlimited: A key to Promoting a Digital Economy’’ could not have been more relevant.
11 “We all know that every economy today requires ubiquitous broadband for growth and prosperity.
12 “Certainly, this conference will provide an opportunity for us to reflect and contemplate how we can pursue national and continental growth by leveraging on ICTs and showcasing the level of deployment,’’ he said.
14 Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Grace Yussuf