[su_heading size=”14″ align=”left”]Jide Awe, an Innovation and Development Advisor and MD of Jidaw, in this article for the Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015 (#NGTF2015) the technology thought leadership annual by Technology Times, offers insights into Top 10 Key Trends that will shape and define the Nigerian technology landscape in 2015 and beyond.[/su_heading]
I am no prophet. But I raise these pressing issues for the tech sector in relation to aspirations from my developmental perspective especially in terms of achieving significant job generation, inclusive growth and overall sustainable development.
Beyond Consumption and Reducing Exclusion
I expect more growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) activities and environment leading to even more creative and innovative applications. Though previous years have witnessed increased access to ICT and greater presence of IT in various sectors of the economy and society, there is a need to address the persisting climate of unproductive consumption and digital exclusion (rural/urban, gender, etc). Industry should work with government and other stakeholders to drive significant focus this year on tech for innovation and inclusive development.
Addressing Foreign Domination
Even with improved access to IT and the Internet, development of technologies, activity in the IT space is largely foreign-driven and dominated. The prevailing funding and patronage scenario for local firms and providers needs to be addressed to create more of a level playing field. And most especially for boosting local content development and IT research and development. The capacity of the IT innovation fund of the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology (FMCT) should be enhanced with an eye on sustainability.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Jide Awe, Innovation and Development Advisor & MD of Jidaw”]“IT development is a national matter and priority that has immense impact on the future of Nigeria. It is essential that Nigerians support and encourage credible politicians with innovative vision at all levels (local, state and national). Electing a pack of dinosaurs out of tune with modern day realities is developmental suicide.”[/blockquote]