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ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, AT THE 2013 WORLD SUMMIT AWARD GLOBAL CONGRESS, HELD IN COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2013.

There is therefore an urgent need for us in the developing world to brace ourselves for the rapidly unfolding era of ICT that is certain to come upon us..... Aregbesola It is a most delightful experience for me to be here on this year’s occasion of the World Summit Award (WSA). This award has established itself as a prestigious platform for showcasing human creativity in the world of information and communications technology (ICT), as well as highlighting the fact that the world is on a full-tilt journey into a future that will be ICT-driven and ICT-controlled. For any thinking person, it should already be quite clear that that future begins now. It is a future that we can neither avoid nor from which escape is an option. Hence, it is a future for which we must be prepared. In the State of Osun in Nigeria, where I am governor, we have taken a giant stride in preparing ourselves for that future. May I at this point sincerely thank the World Summit Award for organising this ICT