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Low Bandwidth Hampering Internet Access - FG

20 June, 2014

Source: Daily Independent

Abuja — Despite modest attempts to harness the potentials of Information Communication Technology(ICT) in the country, the Federal Government on Thursday said its effort was being hampered by poor bandwidth necessary for smooth internet connectivity.

Government also listed epileptic power supply, insufficient pool of IT professionals and low ICT literacy among teachers and educational administrators as militating factors which have slowed down the growth of ICT in the country.

Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, stated this when he declared open the 2014 Information Technology (IT) Professionals Assembly in Abuja with the theme: "Harnessing the Potentials of IT Professionals for National Development".

Wike, represented by Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mac John Nwaobiala, also observed that there was a problem of curriculum obsolescence and high curriculum dynamism in ICT, including poor regulation of ICT education delivery especially at the non-formal sector.

His words: "There is inequity in the distribution of ICT personnel and resources in favour of private and urban schools as against public and rural schools, low research on ICT in education and poor funding.

"If we must attain sustainable development and global competitiveness, both the public and private sectors must work together to address these challenges.

"The resolution of these challenges will inevitably result in narrowing the digital divide and create a knowledge society that provides us with comparative advantages in an increasingly competitive global village," he stated.

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