Bridging the Digital Divide: Leveraging Early Strides in Nigeria

Bridging the Digital Divide: Leveraging Early Strides in Nigeria

Iwara Arikpo (University of Calabar, Nigeria), Adenike Osofisan (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) and Abel Usoro (University of the West of Scotland, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1637-0.ch001
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This paper outlines the current state, opportunities and potentials in the use of ICT for education, R&D, and governance in Nigeria. It presents several ICT initiatives and the roles of some ICT bodies capable of bridging the digital divide between Nigeria and the developed world. Challenges facing the continuing development of ICT in the country are identified, and solution strategies to harness the full potential of ICT as an indispensable vehicle for socio-economic development in Nigeria are also discussed.
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Ict Indicators In Nigeria

Nigeria’s population is estimated to reach 166 million people by October 31 (Nigeria Daily News, 2011), about 70% of whom live in underserved and remote areas of the country. It also has the fastest growing ICT market in Africa and its telecommunication penetration has improved from 400,000 connected lines in 1996 to 111.5 million in 2010. Teledensity rose dramatically from 0.4% in 1996 to 63.11% in 2010, exceeding the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) minimum recommendation of 1% (NCC, 2011). Nigeria has the most lucrative telecommunications market in Africa, growing at twice the African average (Odufuwa, 2006).

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