Persisting Digital Divide Hindering Growth, Says Expert

 Omolabake Fasogbon

The Chief Executive Officer of Quomodo Systems Limited, Oluwole Asalu, has decried persisting digital gap in Africa despite the spread and evolvement of technology across the globe. 

He expressed concern that many Africans were still living in the past, thus denied opportunities that may have enriched their lives and developed the continent’s economy. 

Asalu, while addressing journalists in Lagos, recently, noted that lack of access to reliable internet had left many excluded from global conversation, with their potential untapped and voices unheard.

Asalu, stated further that this challenge was beyond technological factor but a socio-economic crisis requiring immediate action. 

He added, “Digital divide deepens existing inequalities, hinders social progress, and suppresses economic growth. Students without internet access risk falling behind, jeopardising their futures.

“Small businesses in remote areas remain disconnected from broader markets and essential financial services. Healthcare also suffers, with limited access to telemedicine and vital health resources, particularly in rural areas”.

In addressing this challenge, Asalu called for a united effort, clarifying further that the solution is not just about developing infrastructure but unlocking a future filled with possibilities. 

He opined that some private initiatives in the continent had been helpful and worth emulating. 

“Initiatives like Digital Africa, with programmes such as Africa Next, Digital 4 Africa, the Q-Intern programme, and so on, are leading the way, driving digital skills and innovation as catalysts for post-pandemic economic recovery.

“At Quomodo Systems Africa, we are committed to developing solutions that are accessible and beneficial to all, regardless of location or economic status. We believe that technology should be a force for good, a tool that empowers individuals and communities to reach their full potential”, he said. 

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