The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has blamed the poor state of nation’s information communication technology (ICT) sector to fraudulent practices and weak supervision.
Represented by the Director of ICT, Ministry of Education, IK Orji, the minister also blamed the situation on the existence of poor critical infrastructure, power and inadequate funding.
In his opening remarks in Kaduna during the 2106 IT Professionals Assembly, he said although the sector has recorded remarkable achievements, he lamented that poor data, low capacity of teacher to deliver on IT in education, IT curriculum dynamism, among others, were challenges confronting the sector.
Noting that the Federal Government recognised the critical role of IT in its development agenda, he said fraudulent practices and weak supervision of IT contracts must be addressed immediately.
According to him, the poor state of IT is unacceptable, noting that it must be addressed if the country must make appreciable progress in the attainment of the national and sustainable development goals.
To expand the frontiers of IT development in the country, he said: “We must address critical national infrastructure and professional development as priorities. We must also facilitate technology enabled learning as a way of preparing our youths for the future work place.
“We must expand on borderless access to teaching and learning and address curriculum issues to facilitate integration of ICT into education. We must create the necessary platform for management of data and information.”
According to him, tackling the challenges would be daunting, but will inevitably create a knowledgeable society that provides the country with comparative advantages in an increasingly competitive global village.
He challenged the IT professionals to come up with recommendations on how best to address the issues.