An information and communication technology (ICT) expert, Mr. Awe Jide, said that the establishment of the Data Protection Office, the Nigerian Start-up Act, the launch of the 5G network, among others , were the achievements of the IT sector in 2022.
Awe highlighted the achievements in an interview with those new to Lagos recently.
The expert, commenting on the advancement of the ICT industry, said that the sector contributes enormously to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
”On February 4, 2022, the Federal Government announced the creation of the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) to improve data protection, privacy and confidentiality in Nigeria.
“This is a good step because the immense generation of data in this era requires regulation and legislation to protect the data of individuals and organizations,” he said.
He went on to say that “President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Nigeria Start Up Bill into law in October 2022, with the aim of creating an enabling environment for the growth and development of technology-enabled startups in Nigeria.”
The Act, Awe said, would create an enabling environment for the establishment, development and operation of startups in Nigeria, with the aim of positioning Nigeria’s startup ecosystem as Africa’s leading digital technology hub.
Awe added that with a large youthful population, a vibrant start-up ecosystem could enable the realization of the nation’s immense youthful potential.
“The Law will promote job creation, innovation, economic growth and the construction of an inclusive, innovative and prosperous digital economy.
“We also had the introduction of Africa’s first humanoid robot called ‘Omeife’ by Uniccon Group, a Nigerian tech start-up that officially provides technology solutions.
Omeife is a six foot tall African humanoid female providing language as a service for companies that need to integrate native African audiences, a multi-purpose and assistive robot,” he said.
He also recalled the launch of Microsoft’s 200 Million US Dollar, an initiative of the Africa Development Center (ADC) West Africa, in Lagos.
Awe added that he would take advantage of Nigerians’ access to Microsoft programs and opportunities to improve the availability of required technology and 21st century skills in Africa.
He said the Federal Executive Council had also approved the Nigerian Government’s National Policy on Second Level Domains which is expected to promote the adoption of the Nigerian country code top-level domain (ccTLD) in both the public and private sectors.
“This is intended to save the country the cost of capital flight and excessive reliance on foreign dominance in the public and private sectors.
“Buhari launched the 5G network policy and it promises to include much faster speeds and lower latency, with almost instant internet access/data facilities and fast downloads,” he said.