COVID-19: Opportunities For The Nigerian Digital Economy - Dr. (Mrs) Omobola Johnson


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 / 4:40 PM / Nifemi Taiyese for WebTV / Header Image Credit: WebTV


At the March 2020 edition of the Nigeria-British Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting, Dr (Mrs) Omobola Johnson was among the panelist that gave insight into the developments in the digital economy, and how it is transforming social, economic and cultural activities around the globe.


Taking into cognizance the current coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 17,000 lives with 400,000+ cases recorded, the global pandemic brings opportunities to the Digital economy.


With the launching of the 2020-2025 National Broadband plan recently by President Muhammadu Buhari, she believed it was a step in the right direction, to reposition Nigeria's digital economy.


The broadband plan according to her has the prospects of enhancing the infrastructure, that will enable the tech industry in Nigeria to thrive.


In the midst of the pandemic, she believed that a robust broadband infrastructure in the country, would enable tech companies like those in education, logistics, e-commerce and financial transactions that can be of immense value to Nigerians, during the period of lockdown resulting from the coronavirus spread.


Dr. Johnson was of the view that Nigeria can leverage digital technology to drive efficiency, as government and private sector workers begin to adjust to remote operations from home.


The former  Minister of Information Communication and Technology, ICT believed the coronavirus lockdown, will be an opportunity for the digital economy value chain to be fully activated which would include digital financial services, e-commerce, logistics, e-learning platforms, gaming, data sciences, drone technology etc.


Nigeria currently has 46 cases of COVID-19, with 42 active cases, 2 discharged and 1 death recorded.


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