Inconsistent policy, lack of inclusive strategy, disconnect between government-industry and the academia are some of the challenges hampering the growth of the information communication technology (ICT) sector.
An expert and former President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chris Uwaje, said that there are also public awareness gap, uninformed user community and stakeholders, limited ICT research and development, funding mechanism, inadequate incentive and sustainable strategy.
He spoke on: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Weaponisation of the Cyberspace and Imperatives for National Digital Defence at the Nigeria Mobile Economic Summit and Expo 2017 in Lagos. According to him, the sector is also bedeviled with under assessment of local content capabilities and over-tasked regulation and responsibilities.
For the country to move forward, Uwaje who is also the Director-General, DSIHUB Africa and Chair, IEEE-IoT Summit, however said the country?s national ICT vision and mission should be focused on software engineering and innovation development to ensure national ICT competitiveness and future survival.
?The nation is encouraged to engage the challenges of digital mind, digital regime change revolution, by invigorating digital local content strategies, plans and strategies for national adoption.
?To accelerate the diffusion of mobile economy, the implementation of the National Broadband Plan should be intensified and internet service providers (ISPs) should be encouraged to engage constructive IPv6 transition and migration. They should be encouraged to engage constructive IPv6 transition and migration.
?The Senate Committee on Information and Communications Technology should without further delay, promote the enactment of National ICT Framework Bill to harmonise all ICT Acts into one foundation under the institutional framework of ?The Office of the ICT General of the Federation.?
He said the establishment of national and state digital mobile taskforce workgroups as a ?Train the Trainer? strategy is imperative, adding that a National ICT Innovation Development Fund should be created to fuel the acceleration of digital economy innovation hubs, and promote start-up ......athon at all levels.