Expert urges government to leverage technology to boost rural development

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By Stellamaris Ashinze

Lagos, Oct. 17, 2020 The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Harixm Solutions, Mr Haruna Ismail, says there is need for governments to leverage more on technology to boost rural development and reduce rural-urban migration.

Ismail told journalists in Lagos on Saturday that if properly utilised, rural development could benefit from the gains of technology.

“It will reduce rural-urban migration. Also, rural areas will benefit if some underlining issues such as infrastructural deficit are addressed.

“Infrastructural deficit is somewhat prevalent in the city and even more in the rural areas.

“Government needs to ensure basic and social amenities are evident in all parts of the country to enable technology be easily deployed and adopted.’’

He said that for instance, technology could not thrive without power, which is still a major challenge in Nigeria as well as other essentials amenities that help propel technology penetration.

According to Ismail, if these teething issues are fixed, technology can spur rural development immensely.

“Once those issues are resolved, it will prevent rural-urban migration and in turn de-congest the urban areas currently suffering from over utilisation and shortage of amenities due to overpopulation.’’

Ismail said that the technology sector in the country was on the scale of eight to 10 with two per cent evident in the public sector and civil service.

“The private sector clearly has met its full technology optimisation , however, there is absolute room to do more considering the fact that innovation is endless even after adopting and deploying technology.

“Government needs to do more as the adoption of technology in all spheres of the public sector would expose unwholesome practices and bring about transparency.

“If about 250 million votes can be accrued for a reality show from each voters comfort of their phone, adopting end-to-end voting technology should not be rocket science as well as every other spheres of government.

“The opportunity to tap into the technology sector is clearly open to all but the bottom line and determining factor is the willingness and the drive to be on such ship,’’ he said

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