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Dikko: Nigeria needs more local capacity in ICT



Worried by the Nigeria’s dependence on foreigners especially in the highly technical areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Chief Executive Officer of Back Bone Connectivity, Mr Ibrahim Dikko, has called for more capacity building for Nigerians to increase local expertise.


Dikko, who is contesting for the position of 1st Vice President Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) at its forthcoming election, according to a statement, said this would be a core of programmes to be implemented  if elected.


According to him, ATCON would also ensure migration of all the government services to web based services through its advocacy programmes, adding that this would reduce the government cost and make government services accessible and effective.


“Our sector has had a positive impact on every aspect of human life.


There is no doubt that the emergence and liberalization of this sector has also impacted positively on revenue accruable to the government, employment generation (both Direct and Indirect), Foreign Direct Investment (in tens of billions of dollars) and a host of other positives, which time would not permit me to mention.


ATCON would work out plans to deliever the dividends of liberalizing the Telecommunication sector in that if technologies are not developed to cater for the needs of Nigerians then the ubiquitous and pervasive broadband that we are clamouring for would be a wasted efforts” he said.

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