OPINION: Tech Scene In Nigeria; Grooming or Glooming? By Gift Agboro
Hello, everyone, it is nice to have you join us again in 2017, our very first article is an opinion piece by one of our regular contributors Gift Agboro. in the piece, she talks about how Nigeria and Nigerians can tap into opportunities in technology in 2017.
Taking a quick peep at the cities of Nigeria, ranging from the busy Lagos state and the increasing population in Ibadan. For every twenty individuals you see on the road, sixteen of them especially the youths are either glued to their mobile phones, gadgets, tablets either listening to a song on their playlist, checking out the updates on their Instagram timeline or streaming videos online…Cool isn’t it??
Or better still, let us take a walk to the commercial sector – where we exchange goods or services for either cash or through POS machines which are now readily present at shops, boutiques, restaurants and the cinemas. Even while I write this, I can sit in my room at one of the places in the city of Ibadan, and also wire out a cash transfer to my stranded friend who is way far away from me just from a punch on my android phone without joining a long queue at the bank.
Having considered the above, the question one cannot but ask is; “What would have brought about such ease, convenience, and comfortability?. Your guess is as good as mine – TECHNOLOGY.
According to Olaoye 1990, Technology has a wide range of definitions; nevertheless, it is a term traceable to “techne”” which means activities by which man seeks to adapt to his environment.
According to Hornby 2002, It is a scientific knowledge, used in practical ways, especially in the designing of new machines, machinery, and equipment.
Only a few months ago, The Minister of Science and Technology of Nigeria -Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu stated that
“Nigeria must out of necessity embrace science and technology to diversify the economy and ensure national development. He said that no Nation at all history of the world has become great without the application and deployment of Science and Technology”.
In the same vein, In one of his recent research works titled “ Technology Development in Nigeria: The Nigerian Machine Tools Industry Experience”, Kayode Joseph Onipede states:
Technology development is generally regarded as a catalyst for national development, because it offers among other things, the necessary support for change in all sectors of the economy, most especially in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Therefore, it is unarguably the prime source of change, that is, of innovations and adaptations required for improving production methods needed to propel growth and development”.
But you know sadly, despite the seemingly widespread use of different technological gadgets, there is so much effort that have not been put in the exploring several other opportunities that technology has in stock.
About 60% of the population in Nigeria (asides those in the Tech world) have not been able to successfully grasp Technology at the surface level, while the other percent of people who have an interest in exploring Technology at a deeper level are either limited by their environment, lack of expertise to groom their even ideas or like some would say “the government is not encouraging the Tech industry by doing the needful”.
Kayode Onipede quoted above continues:
“ the problem is not lack of resources, but the lack of productive investment, ability and clear imaginative orientation which has hindered the gap between reality and aspiration. It would be more rewarding if Nigerian Policy makers realize the need to look inward, recognize the technological need of the nation, and use same to develop a high competitive manufacturing and industrial sector to reward a higher productivity so as to relieve Nigeria the burden of underdevelopment”.
Having considered this, I would say that the need to invest in technology cannot be overemphasized, symposiums should be organized to enlighten the young population and the old alike, conferences and boot camps should be organized where experts in technology can teach participants on the practicality of technology. and most importantly created platforms were green ideas pertaining to technology can be upheld and promoted should be encouraged.
Gift Agboro is a student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan. She is interested in tech solutions and how they can help startups grow. She is on Facebook as Gift Agboro. You can mail her firstname.lastname@example.org
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