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Government to better the lives of Nigerians with ICT

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Government to better lives of Nigerians with ICT
Ojo Taiwo
The federal government of Nigeria has promised to use Information And Communication Technology (ICT) and support Smart digital economic projects that will positively influence the lives of the people and make the country globally and technologically relevant.
The Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment Dr. Okey Enelamah disclosed this, at the opening of the first national FinTech conference in Lagos on Tuesday.
Enelameh said the initiative called “smart Nigeria digital economic project” is basically an inter-government project by the present administration to create the right and enabling technological environment that will promote the creativity of the people, build their potentials, improve broadband connectivity, implement policies that will support digital economy, enhance regional and national integration and also attract more investment for the country.
He further explains “Nigeria has a lot of entrepreneurial energy and one of the dimensions of such energy is what we have seen in the development happening in the technological space. It is a way to leverage technology, deal with money transfer and all kinds of financial transactions. I am impressed that the FinTech conference is holding in Nigeria only two weeks after the first world conference was held.”
According to him, the start-ups and businesses, which have the capacity to improve the people’s standard of living standard, remains the focus of government, adding that financial technology is one of the impressive dimensions of technology to leverage on.
Meanwhile, Ade Adeyemi, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank, said it is the necessary to figure out how to combine technology, banking, and financial services to solve the challenges of financial inclusion, use technology to improve the ease of doing business in the country and take banking services to more people at a very affordable measure.
Chairman, FinTech Associate, Nigeria, Dr. Segun Aina, stated that the conference is drawing the attention of Nigeria towards leveraging on financial technology as being practiced in developed world, compare notes with experts from United Kingdom, Canada, Austria among others and see where they could help in the area of FinTech and digital development in Nigeria as well as put Nigeria on FinTech leadership map in Africa.

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