As the Chairman of DAAR Communications PLC, Raymond Dokpesi, celebrates his 70th birthday, Nigerians have advocated for huge investment in technological infrastructure, saying that it was the only way to the nation’s development.
The chairman of MTN Nigeria PLC, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, who delivered Dokpesi’s birthday lecture in Abuja on Thursday said that infrastructure deficiency has slowed down development in Nigeria.
Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, while giving the keynote address on the theme Technology: A missing Link in Nigeria’s Development, stated that Nigeria has the potential to lead Africa in Technological innovations
He stressed the need to increase investment in technological infrastructure in Education Energy, water supply, communication and transportation, adding that the cost would require Public-Private partnership.
One of the discussants of lecture and Chief Executive Director of Hightech Center for Nigerian Women and Youth, Wunmi Hassan said that Nigerian may soon become a dumping ground for technological innovations if it fails to direct the needed resources to local innovative projects by Nigerians.
She called on government, charity and Non-governmental organizations and well-meaning Nigerians to assist young Nigerians who have developed technological ideas to accomplish their projects.
Sen. Ben Obi, the chairman of the occasion, said that the celebrator through his investment in media, brought joy and entertainment to African and beyond, and commended his investments in technological infrastructure.
Dokpesi who was born on the 25th of October 1951, was the first managing director of the first indigenous shipping line, the African Ocean Line, now Bald Shipping Line. He also pioneered the first Independent Radio Station – Raypower FM and the first Global Satellite Television Station- Africa Independent Television.
The birthday lecture and book presentation was graced by the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi and other top government officials.