The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise digital development in the country during his next four-year tenure.
The Conferences’ Committee Chairman of NCS, Mr Jide Awe, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, the fear of some government officials in adopting digital technology in their daily activities, which also has to do with how secured the technology is, has made technology a challenge for the country.
He added that prioritising digital technology in the country would give the sector enough room to be the alternative the country needed from oil and petroleum.
“We are expecting President Mohammadu Buhari to build on his existing achievements and progress in the Information and Communications Technology sector; even though we are not where we ought to be.
“He needs to give some direction to his administration on the need to prioritise digital development.
“It is not enough that they have been talking about finding an alternative to oil and petroleum. This is the time to look for an alternative in digital technology with a concrete action, ‘’ he said.
Awe said that digital technology was a means of being competitive and surviving as a nation.
According to him, as a nation, we do not have any choice anymore if we need to compete favourably with other climes.
He expressed concern about the plans the country had regarding smart technologies.(NAN)