Information and communications technology (ICT): a tool for advancing unity and good governance in Nigeria
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The Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos, Nigeria
Efforts made tofoster unity and good governance have continued to elude the country despite the number of state policies and programmes such as the establishment of the National Youth Service C01pS (NYSC), Unity Schools, Federal Character principle, States creation and many others put together by successive governments since attaining independence in 1960. This paper examined how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can be used as a toolfor advancing unity and good governance in Nigeria. It also demonstrated how access to expanded use ofICT by the citizenry can become a strong tool for advancing unity and good governance, to build "bridges" between different ethnic groups, widen democratic space, increase productivity and allow better interaction between government, institutions and the people. Counselling implications were provided. Some recommendations were made which included the introduction of more compulsory ICT courses for students in tertiary institutions to prepare them for future leadership roles. The Federal government and the various state governments should also create awareness about the importance and the expanded use of ICT, to allow participation in government decision making process by the citizenry.
Information communication technologies , Unity , Good governance , Participation , Accountability , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Ahimie, B. (2016). Information and communications technology (ICT): a tool for advancing unity and good governance in Nigeria. Lagos Education Review: A Journal of studies in Education, 16(2) & 17 (1),