Africa: University Don urges Nigerian Government to explore ICT in enhancing Aviation and Tourism sectors in the country
In order to make Nigeria’s aviation and tourism sectors more effective and efficient, the government has been urged to take full advantage of Information and Communication Technology to bring it at par with other developed countries.
Speaking at an event organised by Waka About Africa, tagged: “ICT &Finance Conference & Exhibition with theme: Deploying ICT to Expand Financial Inclusion, Prospect and Challenges”, Chairman of the event and President, Pan African Cultural Congress Bureau, Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, said the advent of ICT as made the world a global village breaking down barriers that hitherto inhibits free flow of information.
The chairman who was represented by Dr. Augustine Okechukwu from the Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, said the country will be lagging behind if she fails to tapped into the benefits of ICT.
He said: “ICT has to do with various aspect of our endeavour, not just in the aviation industry. I want to make it very clear to us that it is a trend that you can’t just over look. Because what is actually encompassing the world today is the overwhelming influence of technology in human endeavours. And it is an aspect of sociological study within the realm of global sociology which actually tries to depict the fact that the world from the point of view of the application of technical skills and the involvement of technology, the world has actually evolved into a global village, where information and ideas move at a very, very fast pace. In view of this kind of development, what the world needs today is people with digital skills, people with GIS information skills.
People that can actually tap into rich information and deploy it to various individuals, organisations and other avenues that might actually deploy them into other use. It is to that extent, whether in the military or home affairs, talk more of aviation that is highly sophisticated in its operations, that without the operational agencies keying into the spirit of ICT there are bound to be problems. Because principally, when we talk about early warning systems people can be forewarned of impeding dangers.
“We don’t see ourselves as domesticated individuals, we see ourselves as global citizens. The implication is that we operate beyond the immediate confines of your operational base and for me it is especially within the aviation industry, that is the key thing. Any organisation, country or society that as not actually keyed itself into the challenges and expectations and desires that realm of engagement, might in a way de-market itself and by de-marketing yourself the implication is that you will be operating below par and the larger implication is that others we are better equipped will now take the lead ahead of you.
“When you talk about tourism, to a reasonable extent tries to portray and market the cultural potentials of a given society. The sad thing about the Nigerian setup is that the data base is so weak that even to go online and deploy information to other sectors of the world is so weak in a place like Nigeria that sometimes you might need to depend on individual or personal network. The bad aspect of this type of operation is that it slows down your pace and makes you look like an under performer. It does not actually help you to key into the challenges of a globalised world. But when for instance from the point of view of deploying Information Communication Technology in respect of tourism.“And if you are talking about tourism and you have not developed that aspect of your tourism industry to key into the use of ICT you might still be an onlooker rather than being a key player.”