[su_heading size=”14″ align=”left”]Made-in-Nigeria SIM cards will develop the local ICT sector in 2015 and beyond says Dr Umar Bindir, Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) of Nigeria, in this article for the Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015 (#NGTF2015) the technology thought leadership annual by Technology Times, offers insights into Top 10 Key Trends that will shape and define the Nigerian technology landscape in 2015 and beyond.[/su_heading]
Challenges facing Sustainable Development in Nigeria
Some of the challenges facing sustainable development in Nigeria include the following:
Lack of Integrative Approach to the Development of Indigenous Technology
The National Innovation System comprising of the research institutes, tertiary institutions and public/private laboratories lack synergy in their operations. There is also poor linkage between the National Innovation System and industry. These have therefore created a technology gap between the research results emanating from the National Innovation System and the needs of industry.
Low Visibility of Technology in Nigeria
The visibility of the technologies in Nigeria is weak. Presently, the technologies operate merely at a subsistence level. They are not recognised or licensed as the culture of intellectual property in the country is low. Consequently, about 80 -98% of the ICT being deployed virtually in all the sectors of the Nigerian economy are foreign.
Lack of Physical Infrastructure and Technology Strategy
Generally, the physical infrastructure and technology strategy that are required to build, maintain and exploit technological assets are lacking in the various institutions in the country.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Dr Umar Bindir, Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP)”]“There should also be proper linkage between the National Innovation System and Industry. This will help to develop relevant technologies that will boost the private sector and foster the growth and development of the economy.”[/blockquote]