ICT key to educational change and sustainable development

Lydia Lubo, Lagos

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The citizens of Nigeria have been called upon to get on board the digital train as this is a survival decision that must be made.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs. Adejoke Adefulire made the call at an event in Lagos, organized by the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owner Companies (SSASCGOC).

The event has the theme ‘Harnessing the Power of Digital Technology.’

Mrs. Adefulire who was represented by the Manager, Sustainability and Climate, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mrs. Morris Atoki, said, the event was an avenue for achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals.

“I see one of the very keen objectives of the SDGs demonstrated here today, the first goal is to end poverty globally, and the fifth goal is to achieve gender equality and so i am proud of every woman here, that you have taken the torch of adding technology to every other burden that you already have.”

While describing the world as a global village, she said computers, mobile phones and the internet have proven to be potentially powerful to enable tools for educational change.

“Our world is a global village and what happens in one end of the world reverberates in another end in micro seconds, every facet of life has been influenced by the digital revolution, from our social lives to entertainment and working world.”

Also, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) who was represented by the Deputy Director of Engineering, Mr. Akeem Kareem while commending the organisers of the event listed some of the achievements of the corporation in the area of digital technology.

“VON has explored the Digital Technology to ensure live audio streaming of our broadcasts for Lagos and Abuja to enable us compete with our global peers. In addition, our interaction with our audience has improved, apart from writing surface letters; they now reach us through most of the social media platforms courtesy of digital technology already deployed by VON.”

The Special Guest of Honour, founder of World Pulse, a social network that connects women globally, Jensine Larsen in her remarks urged women who have access to mobile phones globally to be a bridge to the voiceless.

“I believe there is no greater task in our world today than to enable every woman and girl to use the power of her voice and the fastest tool we have in our hand to do this is technology.”