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ICT Expert Lists IT Sector Achievements In 2022

ICT Expert Lists IT Sector Achievements In 2022

An ICT specialist named Jide Awe claimed that the establishment of the Data Protection Bureau, the passage of the Nigeria Start-Up Act, and the deployment of the 5G network, among other things, will be among the accomplishments of the IT sector in 2022.

The expert stated this during an interview on Friday that the ICT sector made a significant contribution to the nation's Gross Domestic Product while discussing the development of the sector.

“On Feb. 4, 2022, the Federal Government announced the creation of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), to enhance data protection, privacy and confidentiality in Nigeria.

“This is a good step because the immense data generation in this age calls for regulation and legislation to protect the data of individuals and organisations.

“Establishing the bureau also followed with the Data Protection Bill 2022 on Oct. 6, 2022, drafted by NDPB, given the need to enact a law to guide NDPB’s operations on data protection.

“President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Nigeria Start Up bill into law in Oct. 2022, with the goal to create an enabling environment for the growth and development of technology-enabled start-ups in Nigeria.’’

According to Awe, the Act would foster an atmosphere that would support the formation, growth, and operation of start-ups in Nigeria with the goal of establishing Nigeria's start-up ecosystem as the continent's top hub for digital technology.

Awe went on to say that the country's enormous youth potential may be realised thanks to a thriving start-up ecosystem and its sizable youthful population.

“The Act will propel job creation, innovation, economic growth and the building of an inclusive, innovative and prosperous digital economy.

“We also had the unveiling of Africa’s first Humanoid Robot named `Omeife’ by Uniccon Group, a Nigerian technology start-up offering technology solutions officially.

“Omeife is a six-foot-tall female, African humanoid that provides language as a service for businesses needing to integrate native African audiences, a multipurpose and assistance robot,” Awe said.

He also recalled the Lagos launch of Microsoft's 200 million US dollar project, an ADC West Africa effort.

Awe continued by saying that Nigerians would have access to Microsoft's programmes and chances, which would increase the continent of Africa's access to the necessary technology and 21st-century capabilities.

He added that the National Policy on the Nigerian Government Second-Level Domains, which is intended to encourage the use of Nigeria's country code top-level domain (ccTLD),.ng, in both the public and private sectors, was also approved by the Federal Executive Council.

“This aims to save the country the cost of capital flight and over-dependence on foreign domain in the private and public sectors.

“Buhari launched the policy on 5G Network and it promises to include much faster speeds and lower latency, with near-instant access to Internet/data facilities and fast downloads.”

The Federal Government's withdrawal of the Twitter ban early in 2022, according to the expert, was one of the year's accomplishments and helped the platform's users communicate freely.

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