The Nigerian-British Business Forum (PABF) has stressed the need for the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the acute shortage of technology infrastructure in the country.
The Chairman of PABF, Prince Afolabi Andu, gave the advice at a Greystone Technologies online conference, titled “The Role of Technology in a Post COVID-19 Economy ” on Wednesday. Andu said that the six online conferences that had been organised by Greystone were made possible through the use of modern technology that literally formed an integral part of livelihood.
The world has over the past four-months witnessed unprecedented development in the use and application of modern technology, all this has come about due to the pandemic,” Andu said
He explained that significant growth recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic to have repositioned technology globally and exposed huge gaps among nations in the area of technology infrastructure. He urged the government to see the COVID-19 challenge as ‘blessing in disguise’ and also an opportunity to tackle the nation’s infrastructural shortage. Also speaking, Ms. Abiola Obileye, Chief Executive Officer of Synergize Datasoft Technologies, urged Nigerian business leaders to see disruptions brought about by COVID-19 in the business landscape, as a wakeup call. Obileye said: “Nigerian business leaders need to leverage technology by adapting to new digital operating models designed to maximize business transformation opportunities, it is very important to cast an eye on the future competitive landscape.” Also speaking, Mr. Kayode Aladesuyi, Chief Executive Officer of BBN and K, a notable U.S.-based technology company, said that e-Commerce could be used to drive the new global economy post-COVID 19. According to him, to embrace new engagement tools that would add life to the internet and allow technology to bridge the gap between businesses and customers is the future of e-commerce