The Nigerian government has expressed its readiness to leverage efforts and the resourcefulness of youths to grow the technology space.
The country’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo made this known while relating with interested investors and foreign policy experts on Nigeria’s economic prospects and related matters at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City in the United States during the week.
Osinbajo opined that the potential effort and the impact being made by Nigerians can make the country roll out of indigenous technology solutions that can seamlessly transform the global space.
According to Nigeria number two citizen, the potential of the country in technology and entertainment has continued to attract huge attention. He added that the country is not just among the top ten telephone users in the world but the highest number of people who use the internet on their phones.
The VP further stressed that Nigeria was number two in mobile internet banking, noting that Microsoft has announced that it will establish a $100 million African Development Centre in Nigeria.
While reacting to the ongoing international dispute involving some global technology firms and the issue of 5G, Osinbajo explained that
“We do not have those complications (comparatively) in taking decisions in that regard. But, we practically welcome every company that wants to do business with us in Nigeria. Huawei is in Nigeria and so are all the other technology companies.
“We haven’t gone through any kind of decision making for rolling out the 5G technology; as a matter of fact, we are going to roll out 5G ourselves. Talking about the equipment and technology; how did the Chinese get it? How did anyone else get the technology? We will do it ourselves.”