Tech, Knowledge, Leadership Necessary For Nation’s Growth- Experts
By Paul Aroso
Stakeholders in the Information and Technology (IT), industry have asserted that knowledge, good leadership and technology are underlining factors that Africa, especially Nigeria need to scale the economy.
These were the thought provoking opinion of several speakers at the Techpoint Inspired 2018 Conference organised by Techpremier Media Limited, publishers of Techpoint.ng.
Speaking at the conference,The Divisional Head, Transactional Banking at First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Rolayo Akhigbe, said that although technology has changed the way people live, learn, communicate and execute assignments, however, improved education and awareness will further drive innovations in the ecosystem.
Akhigbe said that people are spending more time and money online and that alone has shifted business emphasis to digital sources of revenue and digital channels.
“The financial industry still requires startups to innovate on tackling issues around financial inclusion”.
Focusing on the conference theme: ‘The Future is Now’,Akhigbe harped that startups must understand the key elements to build businesses that stand the test of time.
Also speaking, Mastercard Area Head, West Africa, Omoke Adebanjo said that banks and the fintech need to collaborate more to bring further innovation in the financial sector.
According to Omoke, tackling financial inclusion collaboratively will be a win-win situation for the bricks and mortar banks and the fintechs operators hence they pursue a common goal.
Senior fellow and director, centre for Leadership in Journalism, SMC, Pan-Atlantic University, Dr. Richard Ikiebe contributed by stating one thing this conference has reminded us that Nigeria is a country of very young people.
Adding that young people are known for creativity which connects with the theme of the conference.
“This also brings us to the issue around education; it is very paramount in everything we are talking about today, whether formal or informal.”
Dr. Richard said that Techpoint Inspired was such a wonderful platform to expose young people to the dynamics of modern economy, which is part of the education we are talking about.
“Also, the government needs to play critical attention to the industry. For instance, it is unfortunate that about 60 per cent of the Nigerian population is financially excluded.
“For young people to be specialists in the technology world they must put their mind to work; seek knowledge, display passion and master the niche carved for themselves. Though knowledge is limited, but they have opportunity to reinvent them,”said Dr. Ikiebe .
On his part, Founder, Techpoint.ng and convener of the event, Adewale Yusuf, said the platform was borne out of the need to explore the tech-trends that would shape the economy’s future .
Said he: “Unemployment is skyrocketing, therefore, as people we need to pay attention to the right solution. That’s why this event was conveyed to trigger interests to topics around robotics, machine learning and robotics.
“It is not like there are no jobs but the skills are few. To make matter worse, the few skilled ones are been poached by international companies. So, we need to address these issues. That is the essence of Techpoint Inspired.”
Meanwhile, General Manager of MDXi, a subsidiary of MainOne West Africa, Gbenga Adegbiji, said that “Connectivity is at the heart of the digital economy where the young people are playing key role. MDXi recognizes this role,which informed our long-term investment plan to inspire a new generation of technology innovator who wouldn’t find it difficult to access infrastructure and ride on it to reach the world”.