Experts and key players in the Nigerian technology ecosystem have emphasised the need for government interventions in creating the right atmosphere for technology to thrive, especially through regulations that do not stifle innovation.

A statement said they spoke at the 17th NBA-SBL Annual Business Law Conference with the theme, ‘The Nigerian business landscape: Priorities for law, policy and regulation’ in Lagos.

They also called for deliberate actions and strategies to ensure that the benefits of technology and digital transformation did not leave anyone behind.

During a panel session on, ‘The impact of emerging technologies and digital transformation on the Nigerian business and legal environment’, at the conference, they said technology remained the enabler for developing other critical sectors of the economy, and so should be leveraged for optimal benefits.

The panelists included the Assistant Director and Head of Legal Services at the National Information Technology Development Agency, Emmanuel Edet; Co-Founder of Helium Health, Bolatito Ovia; Head of Android Partnerships at West Africa Google, Ngozi Madueke-Dozie; Divisional Head of Transactional Banking at First City Monument Bank, Rolayo Akhigbe; and Founder of Tech Lawyered, Kelechi Achinonu, who joined virtually.

Speaking at the session moderated by a Partner at the law firm of Johnson and Wilner LLP, Rotimi Ogunyemi, the panellists recognised technology as a means for social and economic development; they shed light on some salient issues around digital technology from a social, business, and regulatory standpoint.

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