Main ICT challenges explored in 2021 (II)

So So far 2022 is shaping up to be another interesting year, much like its predecessor. This year has welcomed another new variant of the Coronavirus, which scientists have named IHU. While it has yet to be spotted in countries other than France, if the previous variants are any indication, I don’t think the world is in for a major surprise. However, I urge everyone to continue to practice good personal hygiene and wear face masks, especially in public spaces.

That said, building on the main ICT issues of 2021, which were first published last week, I will be sharing the latest snippets of our flagship content for 2021. For this second part of the series, the main issues ranging from Deployment of Nigeria’s central bank’s digital currency, e-Naira, to scandalous security in the country, let me mention the massive exodus of the youth population to “greener pastures”.

Unemployment, technology and the economy of odd jobs

The ‘Japa’ wave is still going on as young Nigerians tirelessly seek opportunities to travel outside the country. This is no surprise given that the high unemployment rate remains a matter of deep concern.

While the government claims to work hard to tackle unemployment, the odd-job economy has the potential to complement efforts to increase formal employment and provide another route to meaningful engagement with the formal economy. Thanks to technology, it is now possible not to mention how easy it is for a Nigerian to work for companies abroad without leaving the country.

In the August 8, 2021 issue of the ICT Clinic column, I highlighted some ways that I think anyone can earn an income online.

Threats of unnecessary sanctions from the CPN

Home to top startups, Nigeria has produced one of Africa’s few unicorn societies. Yet in mid-September, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced that all individuals and corporations who engage in any form of information technology practice must register with the Registration Council of Professional Services. computer science of Nigeria, under penalty of sanction.

In their infinite wisdom, our legislators believe that such action can eliminate quackery, taxation and certain other wrongdoings in the information technology sector.

Nigeria’s tech startup scene has seen huge strides in recent years, not thanks to the government. Oddly enough, many of the spearheads of this revolution did not start with a degree in ICT-related fields.

Here’s what I wrote about it: “The interesting thing is a lot of these guys don’t even have a tech background. Like any smart innovator, they look to their community to solve common challenges. So do we ignore the value they create because the CPN sees them as unprofessional? »I think the answer is obvious!

A story of insecurities and misfortunes

Nigeria is in the throes of an unprecedented wave of different but overlapping security crises – from extremism to banditry and kidnappings, Nigeria appears to be a country where lawless and criminal elements carry out their nefarious activities with impunity. Added to this plethora of problems is the current food crisis that is shaking the whole country.

In the October 10 issue of ICT Clinic, titled “Tackling Nigeria’s security challenge with technology,” I wrote about the embarrassing invasion of the Nigerian Defense Academy. I commented as follows:

“Like other sovereign states around the world, Nigeria has security services (military, paramilitary and intelligence) responsible for ensuring national security both internally and externally. Yet not only are these agencies struggling, but the country’s security architecture has arguably been hijacked in many parts of the country.

It is alarming to learn how terrorists brazenly invaded the Defense Academy to kill and kidnap two majors at their base. If such a fate can befall so-called veterans, what chance does the average civilian have? ”

Rather than wringing its figurative hands in defeat, I reiterated that the government should collaborate with those in the tech space and create an enabling environment where innovators can thrive.

CBDC and the launch of e-Naira

News on the e-Naira dominated the media, making the topic one of the hottest and trendiest of late 2021. Given its nature as a digital currency, in the Sunday 31 article October in the ICT Clinic column, I analyzed the subject, unraveling the apparent complexities of the e-Naira in a way the average Nigerian can understand.

Related articles on the ICT Clinic column covered my exploration of CBN’s choice of partner for the e-Naira project as well as the unpatriotic selection of a domain name that does not reflect the “Nigerianess” of the e-Naira.

5G auctions: the need for transparency

There is certainly a lot to be said about 5G and in developed countries dare I say their output when it comes to 5G technology is worth the hype. In Nigeria, 5G is apparently the best thing since sliced ​​bread. It’s quite confusing when you consider the underperformance of the supposed 4G network in the country, even in key centers.

Anyway, in the Sunday December 26, 2021 article on the ICT Clinic column, I shared a brief anecdote of the poor internet service I experienced some time ago.

I wrote: “I have to clearly say this for the avoidance of doubt, the majority of Nigerians have yet to taste real 4G so it is unfortunate that for some reason we are rushing to jump into 5G which would require an entirely different ecosystem and also quite complicated to deploy in the face of insecurity.

After exploring the highlights of 5G technology and its benefits, I next commented on the 5G licensing offer between Nigeria’s most powerful telecom companies. You might want to re-read the article for my thoughts on the event and the outcome.

To conclude this two-part series featuring our top picks for 2021, we want to thank all of our esteemed readers. As always, we remain focused on our efforts to contribute to the growth and general adoption of technology, the digital economy and startups. It goes without saying that we will continue to push for favorable policies that will boost innovation and the social and economic well-being of our Nigerian compatriots.

Once again, we welcome you to 2022. As a half-full glass person, I hope that no matter what the future holds, we are tough enough and determined enough to make the most of it. This year.

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