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#TechPlus2016: Technology will be mainstay of Nigeria’s economy, VP says

#TechPlus2016: Technology will be mainstay of Nigeria’s economy, VP says
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Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Vice president  of Nigeria has told attendees at #TechPlus2016 in Lagos that Federal government is  committed to making technology the mainstay of Nigerian economy.

Osibanjo says that the tech sector is a critical contributor to GDP and can play a key contributory role in further powering the economy.

#TechPlus2016, the second edition of Nigeria’s largest tech event, is a gathering of everything technology providing a robust tripartite tech experience through its conference, exhibition and gaming is holding July 21-23, 2016 at the Eko Hotels Conference Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr Omobola Johnson, Chairperson of Alliance for Affordable Internet (left); Mrs Amina Oyagbola of MTN Nigeria and Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of Open Media and other attendees at #TechPlus2016
Dr Omobola Johnson, Chairperson of Alliance for Affordable Internet (left); Mrs Amina Oyagbola of MTN Nigeria and Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of Open Media and other attendees at #TechPlus2016

The Nigerian VP told the #TechPlus2016 gathering on Friday that technology has been the driver of growth of developed countries in the world as diverse tech solutions now make it easier for people to reach out to themselves “with just a click of the button.”

The VP, represented by Mr. Afolabi Imoukhede, Special Assistance to the President on Job Creation, also says the planned creation of  six technology hubs around the geopolitical zones in Nigeria is one of government’s strategies to boost information and communication technology across the country.

Mr. Afolabi Imoukhede,representative of Vice president Osibanjo
Mr. Afolabi Imoukhede,representative of Vice President Yemi Osibanjo seen at #TechPlus2016 in Lagos

“Part of our plan is to stimulate the facilitation and development of innovation hubs, and we have plans to stimulate six regional hubs across the six regions of Nigeria”, the VP says.

According to him, the Ministry of Communications and Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) are critical in the efforts to boost ICT in Nigeria.

”We have our focus in relation to see how we can use technology and innovation to solve some of our problems”, he adds.

According to him ”the whole essence of this event (#TechPlus2016) is to signpost the fact that this administration is very keen on technology, and that it believes that technology is one of the critical points of need to do what is right.”

Also speaking at #TechPlus2016, Lynda Saint0-Nwafor, the MTN Executive in charge of Enterprise Business told participants at the event that the mobile phone company is not resting on its oars in bringing Long Term Evolution (LTE), the advanced mobile telephony network technology to make Internet connection a fundamental benefit to all Nigerians.

MTN Nigeria, the biggest mobile phone company in the country recently won a national broadband spectrum auction where the company was sole bidder.

The MTN executive described this spectrum as a significant trigger for a broadband revolution that will unlock benefits such as greater coverage, access, affordability and innovation, “with the customer at the center of these gains.”

Cross section of attendees at the plenary session of #TechPlus2016 in Lagos
Cross section of attendees at the plenary session of #TechPlus2016 in Lagos

She says the LTE technology provides an excellent user experience, so that the customer expectation of a reliable mobile broadband service is achieved.“LTE has been described as the most efficient mobile broadband technology available today,” Nwafor says.

She explains that “experts across the world have seen that LTE is the fastest connection available today for wireless networks.This is precisely what is required to drive service in this ecosystem. And also at MTN, we are already prepared for this,” she said.

According to the MTN Nigeria executive, there is serious need for wireless network, especially 4G wireless services, which cushions the frontier of mobile broadband and improves service delivery.

Nwafor expressed assurance of her company’s support for the present administration saying that “we at MTN,  are committed to  supporting government  policies in making us live in a connected world.”

 

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