The world is turning into a technological world, Infact, it is said that the illiterates of the 21st century wont be those who cant read and write instead it will be those who aren’t technologically proficient. Recently, china is starting to take over the world and guess what aid them in doing that…. Technology. Which begs the question, where is Nigeria on the spectrum of technologically advanced countries? what are the things hampering us from taking advantage of the technological world?
- The Government does not value technology as much as they should
Developed countries now make information about activities in their countries in such a way agencies and institution can always share intel and other information between themselves, the FBI share intel with the CIA and other similar agencies. Unlike in Nigeria where you still have to produce information about you when you want to register for national ID card despite the introduction of BVN Infact, there is no accurate figure for the amount of people in the country.
2. Nigerians do not understand or trust technology
The activities of yahoo boys has made people in our dear country reluctant when it comes to transacting online especially the old folks who are not use to doing so in their hay days, also your ATM card being swallowed by the ATM machine, cases where money transferred online wont deliver for days and the bank doing next to nothing to rectify it especially in cases of emergency.
3. The cost of running a technology company is too high
In most western countries you hear about students starting million dollar businesses from their parents garage. However, in a country like Nigeria where power outage is a norm, some kids don’t even know what a computer is, unlike their counterparts who are computer savvy right from a very young age. To afford the cost for technology in Nigeria is exorbitant therefore the average person sees it as a luxury which is not so.
4. It exposes corruption
Undoubtedly, embracing technology will inadvently expose the activities of our leader, which wont be in their interest, the likes of CCTV, Forensics, a reliable database which will contain most of the information about the county and its citizens would definitely be kicked against, knowing how much we love to keep information secret due to our beliefs and the rate of fraudsters in the country
Akin is the author of the book "THE INTERNET: a town square for the global village.
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