Nigeria is yet to have policies governing the blockchain technology. Although law makers met early in the year to contemplate on the blockchain, policies are yet to be made. However, the Presidential Candidate Of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar unveiled his campaign policy document on Sunday. He revealed his Plans to create policies that would embrace the Blockchain and cryptocurrency if he is elected President in 2019.
Atiku’scampaign policy document tagged ‘Get Nigeria Working Again’ was released by his Presidential Campaign Organization. Atiku, who is a former Vice President of Nigeria identifies the need for the creation of “a Comprehensive Policy On Blockchain Technology And Cryptocurrencies.” Although Nigeria is one of the top users of cryptocurrencies in Africa, with the west African country ranking 7th out of 178 countries likely to adopt Bitcoin by the Bitcoin Market Potential Index (BMPI) by the London School of Economics. However, it’s lawmakers are yet to decide what to do with the technology.
2019 presidential aspirant, Atiku reveals through his policy document that he aims to bring more to the economy through the blockchain. He revealed that to build the economy, he would build a knowledge-based economy powered By ICT. He stated, “My mission is to ensure that Nigeria’s economy is responsive to
the challenges of the 21st century
knowledge economy by keeping with
the amazingly dynamic technological pace.” He believes that if ICT literacy is encouraged from Early school programmes up to adult education, Nigerian youths can awaken their entrepreneurial spirit.
Cryptoprenuers in Nigeria are constantly frustrated by the lack of regulatory frameworks. Also the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and its stringent policy has lead to cryptoprenuers seeking a more favourable frameworks. Despite the warnings of the CBN about investing in cryptocurrency in March, Nigerians are still investing in digital currencies. Atiku’s policy document reveals that there are plans to integrate the blockchain technology to the Nigerian economy. Hopefully, more Nigerian and African politicians will begin to make plans towards a blockchain oriented future.
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