The Role of Modern Technology in Achieving Communication Efficiency in Nigeria

The Role of Modern Technology in Achieving Communication Efficiency in Nigeria

To critically examine  the role of modern technologies in achieving communication efficiency in Nigeria, there is need for one to know that at the very beginning, human interactions cum communications are limited to tiny hamlets where the individuals found themselves.  So, as the human population began to increase and spread all over the surface of the earth, reaching out to people in divers areas  became a near-impossibility.  Before  now, factors like geographical isolation, low level of technology, and awareness of the outside world, among others, combined to frustrate the process of mass communication.

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          Today, things  have changed.  The revolution in communication technologies has enhanced human communication to the point that one can easily be in touch with somebody in a distant land in a matter of seconds.  This means that modern technologies in communication  have weakened the apparent geographical and technological factors that  tend to limit human communications.  The entire epoch of the Nigerian society is regrettably painful.  The race for the 21st century is on at the herm of the new millennium.  To achieve communication efficiency in the modern information age demands investigation and study countries like America, Germany and Britain experience and continue to experience revolution.  Thus, the stage in their society has gone beyond the crude oral-communication, the ancient telephones, the obstacle printing press, the seemingly out-dated and out going postal communication.  In these places, the “Net technology” has become the order of the day.  E-mail, Fax system, digital mobile system, computer improved services have all become part and parcel of their daily life either in pursuit of their business inclination or the restoration and fastening of symphony of social relationship and brotherhood with others.

BILL GATE is a golden name in the recent information age.  He is the richest non-business man in America and even  in extreme round the globe.  His internet is a float  and the outcome of that futuristic conflagration is now is clear as rare November sunshine.  The web or net as it is often popularly, there is virtually nothing that cannot be known, seen, done the way they should be done via the internet.  Crystallizing this issue to the Nigeria situation especially as it reflects communication efficiency, its position in the verge of this new millennium, one can summarily say in a more practical terms that considering many dynamics as viewed from different perspectives, one will easily say that the country and society ie Nigeria is by no means not yet prepared for the information age.

One can therefore say that the contention is that instead of moving ahead and forward with others, we have decide to go backwards and abysmally into the remote ancestral enclave of our forefathers.  When the role of modern technologies are critically assessed as in the Nigeria situation, we will find out that the social, political and cultural factors in the country do not even permit for improvement in communication through modern technologies.  The hackeyed and abysmal mediocrity and stark illiteracy that have continued to thrive in this country is another issue in question.

At this stage, all over the globe, the net worked society is growing.  At the beginning of 1990, there were over 1 million people connected or more often trying to connect across rickety copper cables to a kludgy, next driven computer net choked with E-mail and binary scientific gibberish.  As internet connection got easier, its value and population multiplied and the number of the users has grown up to an estimation of 57 million since then.  This estimation as created by John S. Quaterman of matrix information and  directory services in Texas.

The implications for the simple logic are easy enough to trace and they will fill volumes of history.  In China, the government is funneling billions of dollars into building modern technology.  Driven bones which are expected to be in operation by 2010 in about a dozen cities is a planetary awakening.  Barely five years now, the question for every community or best nation will be whether or not the people need computers and communication elements in the Span of its existence, development and survival.  To Nara-Yana Murthy, the excellence in the networked society is marked in kilobits for seconds.  The implicit promise of a networked society is that with its own eyes blinking which will super charge the velocity of everything from cash to a customer service.


In this information age firms, the networked is more than a way to facilitate business.  It is in fact the business itself.  Gerhard Schemeyer who rescued Siemens Nixdof electronics from collapse in 1995 with internal networking program explains, “you can only make extreme changes today if they are supported by changes in communication.  Financial markets for instance, rotate around an axis of  free flowing information.  The network society promises the remarking of these markets completely.  Banks and other financial institutions  will run 24 hours daily and 365 days a year.

They  will be able to shift limitless funds any where in movements.  A more profound metamorphosis is coming, courtesy of the often neglected information part of information technology.  Markets have been  shaped by  information advantage and disadvantages disappears.  According to John Corzeme-Chief executive officer of the investment firm “information becomes transparent”.

The rush to bring internet into the financial market will be guaranteed.  Decades of unparalleled wealth creation.  Even with the Micro-Soft internet operation and system, book reviews can be read; one can bank, buy or play music, travel, watch cable T.V all from and on the micro-soft.  One can even find out who is playing in the local mite club and  book a ticket on a pocket size wallet computer running a variant  of micro-soft.  The harvest is more enticing the web where every one from Lutherans to Tibetans have a home page, many crammed with technology bells and whistles.

Even developing countries like Nigeria stand to enjoy in this recent technology, the old nation are wrapped by both bureaucracy, outdated and old fashioned system.  Countries can start fibre optic cable.  Locales like Singapore, phillipines are grabbing the latest technology.  T.W. Kang, a Japanese Scientist said that “the real purpose of information age technology is to increase effectiveness and competitiveness.

Though a country might progress economically and politically or where at times stand stifles and drags the economy to rocks, the success or failure of the two lies on the functionality, stability, viability and then the pragmatic dynamism of the communication and information aspect of such society.  Information  feeds the people actually in their open hearts and their affairs are run and conducted by government of the day, such information needs to be productive and qualitative.  Being productive and qualitative implies that such information must be found on a broadbase communication culture where research, facts and empirical data are used instead of guess work.  Also consideration has to go to the infrastructural procurement, sophisticated  equipment etc.

To Bill Gate, the founder of modern information age.  The internet is a revolution in communication that will change the world significantly, it opens a new way to talk with your friends and share information of all types.  Gate further emphasized that the modern age will grow in popularity especially in countries where it is allowed to grow; it will affect business life, over estimated for this system in these past 2 years, people will actually see where it has reached in ten years of its transformation.  Another era to Sayuki  Kurokawa (a celebrated Japanese technologist is the era where and when there will be the relationship between people and objects Designers have to make things human can love, admire and appreciate  it for their good and fit it with their life style.  This  modern  age means also that designers and technological ideas needs more skill.

It points to an increasing global information economy.  One  good thing about the new information age is that government and some other Nigeria loyalist to the government or who for one selfish indication  may not like the new age to come near our  door step.  Government can limit freedom of expression as has the experience even in and post independence era in Nigeria and other African societies – but cannot limit freedom of expression via the internet.  A practical example was in Belgrade in 1996 where there was demonstration against Serbians ex-communist rule.  There was small but growing number of internet services.  Thus, where government  hide  information people get it  through the Net.

Also the E-mail is another case point.  Within hours of assault, local friends sent the mail across  outside the country describing different conditions and warning  of government increasing violence.Thus, through the inter explorer, one  gets most out of the web a and even exciting pages capable of customizing the interface.  What is the guide therefore is the rule of ‘Embrace and Extended’ ie comes in contact,  accept the net and extend or increase your tentacles.  James Barsdale, calls the net  age, ‘the printing press of the new technology’.

Important enough is the fact that many have kicked against the net technology.  Not only the Net is being criticized but even the E-mail, the Fax system.  The critics of modern technological age opined that it is an antecedent supportive of fraud and   criminal indecations.  They call it a boost  to ‘419’ phenomenon.  Others who argue from the religious viewpoint hold that the modern information will be a challenge and test of powers and potency between God and the  scientific internet.  The net technology has therefore succeeded in changing the faith of many.

In view of all these considerations, fear becomes clear actually on whether or not this new technological wave of information is in all practical sense beneficial to society without blemishes.  For the modern information age, the benefits outweighs the seemingly adverse effects.  The modern age is what every society should work for as the world is now in the twenty-first century.  Nigeria communication efficiency at the verge of this modern millennium will be a type that will actually wake up from the age-long slumber and face the practical realities of the  day.  To whom much is given, much is also expected.  Where nothing has been given, then such ‘incentives’ should be given so as to usher in a solid bedrock of information culture in the race into the  new century.  communication experts, gurus of industries, journalist, public relations executives and analyst, media managers are of the opinion that the Nigeria society as well as individual innovators have all in their respects and regards, not actually settled down for the modern age.  Our age in political epoch is sick, our socio-cultural dynamics is hollow and in shambles, our economic ministry is in a state of strangulation and death, all these cannot tell of any community gust of ‘positive change’.


This review cannot be complete without highlighting the reactions and fears of the third world leaders over the modern information age.  It is their opinion that the modern ‘net’ information technology is an extension of European domination, colonialism and material resource.  The developed world wants to perpetuate and extend their tentacles on the developing societies.  The case the developing society presents is that developed countries have full knowledge of the intricacies involved in both the operation  and application of the internet and other antecedents of the golden communication age.  With  such being the case, the third words argument is directed strickly towards what the internet and other elements will have on the  security status of their different societies.

There are certain things that a particular, community, country might agree and plan to do for prosperity and for the good life of such society, but once  the world is involved in the  internet, the implication is that what is expectedly supported to be internal affair will go out and even off-shores of a country.  Thus since we lack means of regulating this technology, it is more better expressed than put into practical reality.
It is equally  of note that the net technology for which the researcher is making a case for, whether or not Nigeria is prepared, has become also the greatest world’s  contributor towards pornography and consequent decadence and immorality.  Souths all over the world at present through the “on-line” networking via the internet expose themselves to some amorous and pornographic programme in Television Radio and other  mediums.  This is a hindrance on the efforts of the government to  reduce child abuse through inadequate  protection and freedom of acquaintance with modern  technology.  The above view is the position of Norway Radio “Norway International, Oxlo”.  The assertion was buttressed by the presenter of this programme,  Andrew class in a segment tagged “science in the world”.

In the light of this review, I succinctly believe and accept that in as much as all and sundry welcomes the modern information age, the view point equally remains that such age is one-sided and undirected and meant specially to benefit a given people.   Communication efficiency via  modern technologies in the third  world with a particular reference to Nigeria, in spite of the obvious restriction, have reasonably and justifiably done its best at least to a sound extent to show much about its foundation and establishment.  But much is still expected.

If one remembers the latest American discovery in the planetary zone ‘mars’ through the recent path finder surgeon remote mission to mars, then the argument of the fact that the modern age will make the world a free zone for getting information, one then accepts that the technology has become more ‘compact and minute’ than ever.  With the remoting of path  finder and the encapsulated surgeon right from California-USA, all  by the power of sophisticated net technology, one then wonders what becomes of the future of Nigeria and other third world societies, her communication efficiency, her security operatives and dynamics and infact the generality of the  nature of survival through this information and communication out-rage-explosion, revolution western monopolist information culture and tradition is still unknown.


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  1. kolawole olatunji says:

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