Wednesday, November 9, 2011

80 million phones used in Nigeria

An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) non-profit initiative, African Mobile Application (AMA), has said over 80million phones were used in the country.

Speaking during an international exhibition and presentation event held in Lagos last week, one of the group's advisers, Mr. Tayo Oduwole, said the rate at which technology was going, phones would now be used for multipurpose activities, which would monitor personal health issues as well as finding solution to man's immediate problems.

"From available statistics, I can tell you clearly that over 80 million phones are being used in the country and by value, this means that we are entering an era, where ICT would, if it had not completely taken over the affairs of mankind," Oduwole said.

Speaking further, Oduwole said with the development, which had taken place in the ICT sector, more Nigerians now made use of phones compared to when it first arrived in Nigeria.

He added that very soon, phones would begin to serve the purpose of monitoring personal health issues and provide solutions to man's immediate problems.

He told THISDAY that the objective behind the initiative was to discover gifted young developers and harness their intellectual capacity for the good of man and the society and in achieving this, group has organised a competition in order to achieve this.

"The initiative is out to create beneficial impact on people and provide financial benefit to the people at large as the competition provided opportunities for 20 finalists, who were selected from a recent concluded mobile application competition, where they demonstrated and exhibited their applications after several entries," he further added.

Explaining further the rationale of the exhibition, Oduwole said the group sought to provide opportunities for young people to solve critical socio-economic challenges, through the deployment of appropriate applicators and also to increase awareness.

This Day

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