Nigeria government has launched an Android mobile phone named "ITF Mobile" and manufactured by the Electrical/Electronics Technology Department of the Industrial Training Fund’s (ITF) Model Skills Training Center (MSTC) in Abuja. The Android mobile phone was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari today June 9, 2021, by the Honorable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, during the Federal Executive Meeting in the State House Abuja.
Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari and Otunba Niyi Adebayo
The ITF Mobile is made from components 100% locally sourced in Nigeria (from Lagos and Aba), and is being readied for mass production. According to Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the mobile device has the same capacity as the imported ones that have flooded Nigeria's market, and it is hopeful in the near future that the mobile device will replace the imported ones.
It is expected that when this mobile phone device is massively produced, many Nigerians will dump the imported ones and opt for the locally produced product, so that there will be growth in the ICT sector in Nigeria and not necessarily being dependent on imported goods.
However, Nigerians are very innovative and technology oriented that they can produce anything if they are sponsored. Some Nigerians have produced products that have not been seen in the world before, but they either don't have sponsors or travel abroad to exhibit their talents and develop other countries.
The problem of technological growth in Nigeria is related to many factors as listed by experts in the field, they are; most Nigerians do not trust things made in Nigeria and will prefer imported goods, taxes leveled on companies are too high and the cost of running a technology company too high, many Nigerians do not understand or trust technology because they are alien to most people, and government attitudes does not value technology as much as they should.
No country can develop without advancing its technology. Government and private sectors in Nigeria should provide funds for research, incubation and development of locally made products through loans or grants.
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