Nigeria Records 1% Of Total Populace Employed In ICT Sector

13 October 2017


LAGOS – There are only about 479,000 people employed in Nigeria’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector, despite the West African country being one of the economies with rising ICT and telecom sectors.

According to UNCTAD, these employees account for about 1 per cent of Nigeria’s total employed populace. The UNCTAD report cited Sierra Leone as one of the African countries where there had been strong growth in mobile connectivity.

The report also said that while an increase in mobile and internet penetration in certain African countries was boosting trade in telecommunications and e-commerce, mobile connectivity was not robust enough and employment in specialist ICT areas remained subdued.

These are key findings from a new report Information Economy 2017, released by the United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The Report identified Senegal and Tanzania as the African countries with the most notable economies where “telecommunications accounted for 85 per cent of ICT services exports”.

ICT platforms and services are boosting Africa’s economies as e-commerce emerges.

However, “the Central African Republic, Eritrea and South Sudan, have not increased as much” in terms of robust growth in mobile cellular services.

“Mobile cellular services in (this) group reach less than a third of the population, and the telecommunications markets are yet to be liberalised,” said the report.

However, for countries such as Rwanda and Zambia, a rise in mobile subscriptions had boosted imports and trade in communications equipment.

The UNCTAD report did not however provide specific details regarding the value of imported communications equipment in the two countries. Read the full article on Independent here