Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar expressed optimism on Thursday, ahead of the 2023 general elections, that Nigeria will thrive under a leadership that unites and promotes peace in the country.
The former VP stated this at Engr. Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi’s 70th birthday lecture, with the theme “Technology: A Missing Link in Nigeria’s Development,” and book presentation titled “The Handkerchief: The Story of High Chief Raymond Anthony Aleogho Dokpesi.”
“Nigeria needs a leadership that can unite the country, bring stability, restructure the country, reform the economy, and bring about national cohesion,” he says.
Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications, stated in his remarks that Nigeria’s growth and development would be realized only if insecurity was addressed properly and Nigerians were united.
Dokpesi went on to say that while Nigeria has the potential to create new economic opportunities, create jobs, and transform society, issues such as insecurity, infrastructure deficit, internet affordability and access, broadband connection speed, digital literacy, digital and technical skills gap, and gender biases in the technology industry must be addressed.
“This is only a fraction of the digital economy that is being tapped into,” he says. Nigeria, on the other hand, can create new economic opportunities by improving digital connectivity, digital skills, digital financial services, and other key areas of digital development.”
He believes that science and technology will be extremely beneficial to Nigeria’s economic growth. “Through innovation and investment, the Nigerian economy can harness digital data and emerging technologies, as well as connect Nigerian products and human capacity to international markers to expand digital competitiveness,” he said.
In the same vein, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of MTN Nigeria Plc, stated that Nigeria cannot afford to be relegated to the back seat of a technologically driven world.
“As you know, technology changes the way we interact, do business, and understand the world,” he said. That world is currently undergoing transformation, which is being driven by new innovations.
“It is those nations that lead the development of new technology that will emerge leaders of the world and also countries that can apply science and technology to solve problems that face humanity.
“It is important to state that the nation has the talent and the technology to become a leader in the development of technology.
“Let me note that I have not said technology is the missing link it may be correct, it is not completely missing in Nigeria. I will add; inadequate technology infrastructure the bane of Nigeria’s development.”