4th Arewa Inspirational Leadership Award & public Lecture - Facilitating Knowledge & Community Development through Information and communication Technology (ICT) delivered by Dr Engr. Baba J Adamu  --  7th April, 200
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KNOWLEDGE DRIVEN ECONOMY THROUGH ICT
Most of Nigeria’s wealth and power comes from the control of physical assets - land, oil, iron and steel, coal...but knowledge economy is fast becoming the tool that empowers the citizens better and faster than the traditional methods...

 
 
 

 

     

 

 

Dr Baba J Adamu has participated in the Canadian Trade Missions to Africa   - South Africa, Nigeria, and Senegal following the G-8 commitment towards Africa:

He also participated as a team-member of the former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner in the Ukraine Presidential Election with co-operation with the EU, and 2005 National Political Conference (Confab) in Nigeria:

   

       

 

But in the 21st century, this cannot continue to happen. The main source of value and competitive advantage in the new knowledge driven economy is human and intellectual capital, where knowledge, innovation and creativity prevail. For countries wanting to tap into the new ideas they most embrace the advances in information and communication technology ICT. With a population of 120 million people, Nigeria, in theory has the capacity to make a successful transition into a truly knowledge driven economy

What is ICT?

Information and communications technology (ICT) is an extensional term for information technology (IT) that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals) and computers, as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage and audiovisual, that enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information. To use both the US and the UK as a case study of economies that are knowledge driven, it is necessary to assess the growing importance of knowledge, innovation and creativity in both these countries, which exist through the enabling environment and progress made in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that has made it possible for information to become more easily available, to travel faster, in greater quantities and much more cheaply. Entirely new products like digital TV, mobile video phones and services like e-commerce have been created and more sophisticated production processes have been developed.
 
Among the many promises of the digital revolution is its potential to strengthen democracy, increase inter-governmental transactions’ efficiency and make governments more responsive to the needs of their citizens and businesses. ICT can create competitive advantage, strengthen the innovation chain, and identify what business wants from ICT research and development. It also can be a powerful tool in support of public sector reform agendas and create more effective public – private partnership. Perhaps the most commonly acknowledged manifestation of ICT for public sector reform can be seen in the explosion of ‘eGov’ initiatives around the world. ‘eGov’ (convenient short hand for both ‘e-government’ and/or ‘e-governance’) is the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) to transform government by making it more accessible, effective and accountable whilst transforming some of its existing processes.
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"Where despair and hopelessness exist, those who have the ability to take action have the moral responsibility to take action to help those who live on the bare edge of survival.  And democracy is more than the creed of our country, it is the inborn hope of our humanity, an ideal we must carry, a trust we must bear and pass along. And even after all these years, we have a long way yet to travel, that is why we must all be involved ..."  - Baba J Adamu

 

FUTURE OF ICT IN NIGERIA
"Today, Nigerian ICT sector is at the cross roads. The direction we choose will determine not just our future but also the legacy we leave behind for future generations of knowledge workers in this country, who have the creativity to dream impossible dreams and the determination to translate those dreams into reality"...
- Baba J Adamu

“Given the emergence of new regional dynamics in development policy and practice, Arewa region MUST fine-tune current regional development perspectives and to develop new ones that are not only more in sync with the present and future global context but with the governance systems being currently adopted that are becoming more and more decentralized and grassroots oriented. States Governors within the Arewa region must come together to create and adopt the Arewa Regional Economic Plan with emphasis on a balanced approach to development and opportunity for all diversity irrespective of one’s tribe, social class, religious belief and even political affiliation; and establish targets for economic growth of the entire region taking advantage of our Demographic Shifts, which will fuel the growth of new sectors, markets, and service lines in our communities. The ability of our diversity to build strength and unity is the power that will propel the region and consequently, the Nigerian industry, into new dimensions of performance and inclusive growth. Catalyzing Inclusive Growth Through ICT-enabled solutions in healthcare, education, financial services and public services can drive socio-economic development and inclusion of more than 30 million citizens each year, faster, cheaper and more effectively than traditional models. The economic plan should be built on current regional opportunities, collaboration and innovation linking States macroeconomic models with regional development and economic plan termed: Regional Econometric Model”President ACRD 

 

 


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