I seem to have lost my voice on this list but certainly not my ears. I've
listen and listened very well at the discussions on the Internet and the rural
I would want to submit that access to the Internet is a fundamental human
right as are the right to health and good drinking water. Priorities don't
count here at all. Here's money that some guys want to expend to wire us up.
They certainly do not want to use the money to provide roads and good drinking
water. Why do you waste our energies debating the usefulness of this
technology to our folks in the rural areas. The benefits are numerous and can
be used to open the floodgates to other opportunities to solve the water and
roads problems. Don't forget folks, that information is very vital in our
world today and it is the lack of it that has contributed to our backwardness.
If I may borrow from one of our illustrous sons Dr. Salah Mandil, we should
not see these technologies to be hi-tech and hence not suitable for our rural
folks. For technology must be absorbed by a disadvantaged group to be useful.
I believe what we should be thinking about is how best to use the facility to
bring our rural folks out of their 'backwardness'. No roads? Can't we think
of applications which will lessen the impact of the absence of these roads?
Can't we think of how to use the Internet to canvass support (with their
participation of course) for rural development from other agencies and
I might appear naive but it is my strong believe that Africa is on the verge
of reclaiming her greatness and this medium may provide the impetus.
I leave you with greetings from sunny Gambia.