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ENHANCING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

This Newstalk on USING INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE DEVELOPMENT” was written by Dr. Aniemeka Nwachukwu, a public affairs analyst and edited by Mr Innocent Igwe of our Current Affairs Division.

Available statistics show that since the 21st century began, the world has experienced and is still experiencing tremendous changes both in human and electronic components. These have also affected or impacted on the economy, manpower, strength, organizational and even institutional restructuring. The world is becoming more interconnected, the environment is being less stable and technology is continuously altering the relationship with our already acquired information.

Accordingly, the 21st century skills that have been considered essential include collaboration, communication, digital literacy, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, productivity and other digital skills. According to Carl Sagan, a management consultant, “we can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than feel good”.

Incidentally, these changing global conditions demand that we critically reappraise ourselves and begin to think, what next? Fundamental question is when is the right or auspicious time to do so?

The last century has witnessed great and inconceivable changes, as being perceived today in various countries, governments and states. The world is changing dramatically and very quickly too in this century such that the unimaginable things of yesteryears are currently confronting us today. Evidently, there are changes almost everywhere and these have affected a lot of things in all facets of human endeavors.

This must have informed the saying that the only thing that is constant is change. Today, the youths need to be digitally compliant in order to succeed. Digital resources serve as engine of job creation. It is often said that ‘ if one has a group of interested people but have nothing to sell, one does not have a business and if one has something to sell but no one is willing to buy it,  one does not have a business’. Nigerians should begin to create something that other people will value enough to pay for, so that the much-desired economic revitalization and revamping will be achieved.

In Nigeria for instance, the quest for restructuring is reverberating. Essentially, this could be predicted on revamping and actualization of a new economy founded on probity and accountability so as to surmount the emerging changes of our time. Certainly, there is need for functional Education, lucrative skills and talents required for the 21st century to be effectively vibrant in the new economy.

Undoubtedly, this can only be achievable when the people engage optimally in Information and Communication Technology, ICT, and its emerging opportunities notwithstanding the challenges.

There is every need to be digitally adept in order to be relevant in the scheme of things as failure to do so, leave the people with undesirable option of being left behind in the fast-blowing wind of change. Every opportunity matters in today’s world and nothing should be neglected as the new economy has brought with it dramatic changes that are affecting nations, businesses, workplaces, communities and lives around the world.

This new economy requires that everyone should strategically have a rethink in their preferences and passions. These perhaps have led to a lot of reforms and restructuring in all segments of the world economies including Nigeria. It is therefore necessary to state that only competencies which are in tune with the new challenges, receive global acceptability. Without these competencies that overcome new challenges, the individuals, organizations and even nations will remain redundant, unproductive, unemployable and poor.

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