By G9ija

Nigeria has been ranked 123rd in adoption of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) out of 140 countries assessed in the 2018 Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The GCR is an annual ranking which compares the national competitiveness environment of 140 countries based on 12 pillars – four grouped under basic requirements, six under efficiency enhancers and two under innovation and sophistication factors.

GCR ranked countries on the ICT adoption pillar based on mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions, mobile-broadband subscriptions, fixed-broadband Internet subscriptions and fiber-to-the-home/building Internet subscriptions.

According to the GCR, Nigeria, with 25.7% of Internet users and ranking in 107th position in number of Internet users out of the 140 countries surveyed, emerged in 123rd position with the score of 26.2 over 100 in ICT adoption.

The 2018 GCR of the WEF placed the population of Internet users in Nigeria at 48 million out of 188.7 million people.

While 75.9% of Nigerians are connected to the Internet through mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions, 19.9% are connected through mobile-broadband subscriptions.

According to the GCR, no Nigerian is connected to the Internet using fixed-broadband Internet subscriptions and fiber-to-the-home/building Internet subscriptions.

Overall, Nigeria ranked 115th out of the 140 countries assessed in the 2018 GCR of the WEF, and the country improved in three out of four pillars classified as Enabling Environment pillars: Institutions, Infrastructure, ICT adoption and macro-stability pillars.

Meanwhile, speaking on Monday at the 24th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES), Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said in the past two years, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has spent quite a bit of time and resources looking at how to prepare for a technology-driven future.

“We have launched one of the most aggressive drives for promoting business in the tech space. We have partnered with local and international tech companies and innovators, in the building of tech hubs, and promoting innovation.

“Our aim is to democratize access to support for innovation and cyber commerce and to create jobs,” Osinbajo stated.

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