Nigeria Has Been Ranked 15th In ICT Development In Africa

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), last week, released a report on the 2017 ICT Development Index (IDI), which measured the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development in Africa – Nigeria was ranked 15th. 

Nigeria's Minister For ICT, Adebayo Shittu (Photo: Guardian Nigeria

According to the report, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Cape Verde, Botswana, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sao Tome and Principle, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Senegal all rank ahead of Nigeria in ICT development. The annual survey examined about 38 countries in Africa and studied the adoption of new technology trends and growth of ICT amongst the countries.

Unfortunately, while some countries recorded growth in the last one year, Nigeria remained stagnant at 15th position, recording absolutely no change. Nigeria maintained the same spot globally and regionally in 2016 and 2017, ranking 143rd out of 176 countries surveyed by the ITU.

Countries like the Seychelles, which ranked fourth in 2016, moved two positions upward to become second a year later, and Cote d’Ivoire, which ranked 12th position a year ago, moved to the ninth in 2017. Mauritius has remained number one in Africa and is ranked 72nd in 2017 globally, up from its 75th position a year ago.

Nigeria is the giant of Africa, and we keep talking about economic growth and what not, but only Seychelles, South Africa, Cape Verde and Botswana, exceeded the average IDI value of 4.26 for developing countries, and Mauritius is the only one that falls into the top half of the IDI distribution or exceeded the global average value for IDI 2017.

No surprises there!

(Source: GIPHY)

By Olanrewaju Eweniyi, published on 20/11/2017