In order to fast track the fulfillment of Digital for All Agenda initiative of the Federal Government and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 disruptions in the education and economic sector, the Registrar, Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria, Mr Allwell Achumba wants the Federal Government to reduce the tariff on Information Communication Technology products.
Mr. Achumba stated this in Abuja while speaking with Radio Nigeria
The Registrar, who commended President Mohammodu Buhari and the Presidential Task Force response towards the containment of the Corona virus pandemic in Nigeria said the development has introduced a new normal which has led many people to leverage on online platforms to continue transactions, education and running of their businesses.
Anything you want to do now is driven on Digital platform, the price should be crashed like what was done in India, so that people can have access to cheap and functional laptops and smart phones so that we can all function well in the new normal
The Registrar who also double as the Secretary to the council noted that this reality has however created digital gap as a result of economic disadvantage stressing that many Nigerians could not afford cost of gadgets such as computers, Smart phones and other gadgets
Mr. Achumba also urged the Federal Government to slash the cost of internet service and invest more in other infrastructure such as energy so that Nigerians in rural community will not be left behind in the post COVID revamping of the economy.
In this COVID-19 pandemic, its only the rich that could have access to internet, even electricity, so if there is anything Government can do to reduce the rate or the price of internet access so that many Nigerians can benefit
He pointed out that the council will continue to work with sister agencies in order to accelerate President Muhammadu Buhari National Digital Economy plan which was launch last year
The Registrar, Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria, Mr Allwell Achumba also emphasized the need for Nigerians, especially computer practitioners to obtain certification with the council to be able to practice in the country in line with regulation standard