Nigeria Declines In Global ICT Ranking

Nigeria Declines In Global ICT Ranking

Nigeria has declined in global rankings of countries that deploy Information Communications Technology (ICT), and other new technologies to increase the growth and well-being of their citizens.

The country ranked 113 out of 144 countries surveyed in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), declining by one rank from its position of 112 (out of 142) in the previous last year’s Report. However, the country inched up by 0.1 points in actual NRI scores to 3.3 points this year from 3.2 points in 2012, when measured on a scale of one (lowest) to seven (highest).

According to the latest World Economic Forum (WEF) report on Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2013 and published with the theme Growth and jobs in a hyperconnected world, it measured the extent to which 144 countries took advantage of ICT and other new technologies to increase their growth and well-being.

Highlight of the report about Nigeria’s ICT competiveness showed that though the country improved in its NRI ranking for this year to 113 from last year’s 112 , the country has remained in the lowest quartile of countries sampled in both reports. This shows the extent to which the country still grapples with the necessary conditions to close the ICT competitiveness gap with most advanced economies.

Notwithstanding this gap, the report notes that the country has improved in seeking the delivery of societal benefits from ICT by initiating a broad-based National Broadband and ICT Plan,which focuses on greater broadband adoption through intensifying the motivators of technology use.

“This is attributed to ICT Skill Development Plan incorporated in Nigeria’s National Information Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Draft 2012. This development has led to Nigeria’s significant improvement in one of the ten NRI pillars – Social Impacts – ranking 88 in 2013 from 102 in 2012,” the WEF report noted.

The report also acknowledged that Nigeria’s market and regulatory framework has been able to support high levels of ICT uptake, adding, however, that the cost of accessing ICT, either via mobile telephony or fixed broadband internet, has remained a constraint towards widespread technology adoption in the country. The GITR 2013 underscored Nigeria’s clear divide in ICT usage between individuals and businesses.

While corporate organisations in the country have intensified their efforts to integrate ICT into business processes – improving in that regard to a rank of 68 from 77; the penetration of ICT among individuals has deteriorated – to a rank of 111 from 105 in the last one year.

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