By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Information and Communication Technology, ICT has been described as a tool for nation building.
An Abuja based ICT expert , Mr Anthony Akinkugbe stated this in an interview with The Hope in Akure.
According to him, ICT is a technology that facilitates the processing and transfer of information and equally promotes communication service for all tiers and facets.
He stressed the need for stakeholders in the education sector to design a comprehensive curricular to exploit ICT for learning purpose, especially in various higher institutions in Nigeria.
While recalling that ICT in Nigeria started in the early 90s and has play a significant role in the nation building, he posited that it is essential for sustainable development of the economy.
Akinkugbe who said that the influx of mobile phones into the country was made possible through ICT, stressed that its relevance in various sectors especially in the health sector which has made it easy for medical practitioners to detect diseases affecting patients cannot be overemphasised .
“It also helps the expectant mothers to know the sex of their foetus not also leaving out its importance in the education, media, and the economy. It helps all sectors in making their job easier and efficient”,He emphasised.
To this end, he implored government at all levels including private sectors to improve on formal education of ICT, support and make effort to localise training materials, and identify the ICT literacy level of educational institution at all levels.
He equally charged organisations to improve on the ICT skill of their workers and encourage training institutes adding that e-learning projects should also be provided to enhance organisations skills.
He believed that ICT is the bedrock to societal development which all sectors in the country must embrace in order to bring about efficiency in their work .
He advised students to embrace ICT while in school as it will help them a lot in their academic pursuit and future careers.