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Nigeria: The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NC) Urges Government to Use ICT for Public Service Delivery
Source: allAfrica.com
Source Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: Nigeria
Created: Oct 01, 2013

The ICT, he added, "opens the door to e-commerce, e-education, e-health and e-government, and this is why a number of government agencies at both the federal and state levels are developing ICT facilities to improve service delivery, information sharing and reduce delay."
He explained that the rapid development of digital mobile services across the country and the speed at which they are being subscribed to, have demonstrated the importance of ICT services to the people.
Juwah said with120 million active lines as at June this year, and a teledensity of more than 85 per cent, from the initial 0.4 per cent in 2001, many citizens were in full realisation of how ICT contributes to societal development, whether in terms of business and governance.
"There are many areas that have been positively affected by Nigeria's ICT, including direct and indirect employment, new business opportunities, learning and skills development opportunities and in human relationships", he said.
Juwah commended the organisers of NITDEL event, describing it as one ICT event out of many that are evaluating government performances in the adoption and use of ICT.
Speaking on the significance of ICT to national development, Governor Aregbesola of Osun State, in a paper titled: 'ICT, A Tool for Social Development', said the real significance of ICT to human existence could be summed up in one word - computer. He said: "In its various forms - whether it is mainframe, desktop, laptop, tablet, palmtop, or handsets, the computer is the veritable centre around which human activities across the world now revolve."
The governor added: "Even farmers need the computer for soil testing and analysis, planning, operating certain machineries, tracking farm animals, diagnosing diseases in plants and animals, confirming bank balances, requisitioning farm inputs such as seedlings, fertilisers, agro-chemicals and for weather and harvest forecasting.
The infinite uses and applications to which the computer can be put are commensurate with the fertility of the user's imagination. Hence, ICT has the potential to open up huge possibilities that can enhance growth and development of human society."
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