In a report given by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on the 2017 ICT Development Index (IDI), which measured the information society, it was stated that 14 African nations are ahead of Nigeria in ICT development. The yearly study of the IDI that examines the adoption of new technology and growth of ICT in these nations, studied 38 countries in Africa this year, and according to their report, Nigeria came behind Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Cape Verde, Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sao Tome and Principle, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Senegal in ranking.
The report revealed that while we have several countries pulling up the ladder in the last one year, Nigeria has maintained the same position and has not recorded any improvement. While Cote d’Ivoire moved from 12th position to 9th, Seychelles went from 4th to 2nd, Mauritius maintained its 1st position in Africa and moved to 72nd globally from 75th in one year, Nigeria has also maintained her position both regionally and globally as the 15th in Africa and 143rd globally out of 176 countries that were surveyed.
The ITU made it clear that Africa has been found with the lowest average IDI performance in any region as only one country from its region made it into the top half of the chart in 2017 and also that Seychelles, South Africa, Cape Verde and Botswana, are the only countries alongside Mauritius that exceeded the average value of 4.26 for developing countries.
The Secretary-General of ITU, Houlin Zhao, made a call for African Governments to shift their focus to ICT as a revolution is set to unfold in coming times with much more opportunities, challenges and implications.
Kehinde Aluko, a telecommunications expert, also warned that, if the basic challenges hindering creativity and innovations are not removed, the country will not experience any growth in its technology development.