The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that a dearth of infrastructure, lack of power and inadequate funding are responsible for the poor state of Information Technology in the country.
Adamu also said that fraudulent practices and weak supervision had further deteriorated the sector. The Minister stated this during his opening remarks at the 2016 IT Professionals Assembly, holding in Kaduna State.
Represented by the Director of Information and Communications Technology, Ministry of Education, Ikechukwu Orji, he also said the poor state of IT must be addressed if the country must make appreciable progress towards the attainment of the sustainable development goals.
The IT Assembly is an exclusive networking event for senior IT decision makers, consultants, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, practitioners, and teachers and systems administrators.
To expand the frontiers of IT development in the country, Adamu said, “We must address critical national IT infrastructure and professional development as a priority. We must also facilitate technology-enabled learning as a way of preparing our youths for the future workplace.”
He said, “We must expand on border-less access to teaching and learning and address curriculum issues to facilitate the integration of Information and Communications Technology into education. We must create the necessary platform for the management of date and information.”
He said that addressing the challenges in the sector would be a huge challenge, adding that the association was poised to create a knowledge society that would provide the country with comparative advantage in an increasingly competitive global village.
He challenged the IT professionals to come up with recommendations on how best to address the issues.