PROF. Adesina Sodiya, President, Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, has stressed the need for Nigerians to embrace technology in order to drive digital transformation in the country. He said no nation would benefit from the emerging and disruptive technologies such as the Internet of things, IoTs, Big Data Analytics, Smart City, Blockchain Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligent, AI, without a new way of digital culture.
Sodiya, who spoke at a recent paper presentation, said digital culture was a new way of life that borders on the reliance on ICT tools for the effective functioning of the society. “Generally, it has to do with how people interact with technology in their workplaces and lives. Digital culture refers to a new culture that emanated from the emergence and continuous adoption of digital technologies in all aspects of our lives.
“The disruptions triggered by the outbreak of the Covid-19 worldwide have great impact on all aspects of our lives. Industries such as education, business, transportation, commerce, mass communication, among others, were not spared. In fact, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that these industries need to leverage more on technology for continuity and survivability.
“Other industries that require physical contact are worst hit. For instance, sports, a billion dollars industry was completely brought to a halt worldwide. The economies of individuals; small-scale and large-scale businesses; corporate organisations and governments all over the world have been affected negatively by the impact of the pandemic,” he said.
Sodiya, therefore, said remote technologies such as teleworking, telecommuting, crowd-sourcing, telemedicine, among others, including online platforms such as e-commerce, e-collaboration, e-meeting, e-conferences, webinar, were now gaining tremendous attention. “Covid-19 has reawakened the digital culture in Nigeria and called for the need to develop urgent strategies for strengthening it.
“For Nigeria to progress well in this right and necessary direction, we need total determination and commitment in scaling up our digital culture and interaction.”
He argued that the essential ingredients of digital culture were digital literacy, digital inclusion and digitalisation. He also explained that with the effort of government and NCS, the level of digital literacy in Nigeria continues to improve, but further explained that we are not there yet, if we have to compare our digital development with other nations.
– Jul. 3, 2020 @ 16:16 GMT |