International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 232

Article in Press

INTER-GROUP INFORMATION TRANSFER IN NIGERIA: THE MISSING LINK

Ibrahim Mohammed Aliy, Okoche Chukwu and

  •  Received: 16 May 2020
  •  Accepted: 20 July 2020
In the 21st Century, every nation of the world including Nigeria has realized that sharing information/knowledge reduces costly ignorance because information is an essential commodity whose pivotal value cannot be completely realized until it is taken to its place of need. That is to say that the essence of information cannot come to the fore until there is proper connection between its place of generation, creation or acquisition and its place of use. This makes information an asset or intellectual capital that becomes valuable only when it is put in the productive way. Unfortunately, in Nigeria and most other developing countries, the transfer of this essential intellectual capital (information) from one group to another faces several daunting as well as conquerable challenges ranging from insufficient information infrastructure (infostructure), semantic/linguistic barrier, legal and socio-cultural barrier, fierce ethnic and religious rivalry, poor leadership/lack of political will, to effectiveness barriers. The paper x-rays the importance of information as a transformational commodity and the need for its free flow from one group to another in Nigeria. It aims on one hand at exposing the various viruses that witch-hunt inter-group information transfer in Nigeria and on the other hand at showing that these obstacles to effective information transfer are surmountable. The paper is a review, it documents that provision of sufficient information infrastructure, adoption of proactive information repackaging strategy, adoption of legal and socio-cultural frameworks that encourages free transfer of information, actionalizing the principle of equality and/or equity in Nigeria, development of positive political will by Nigerian leaders and sincere shift from paper-presentation to paper-defense are means of overcoming barriers to effective inter-group information transfer in Nigeria. Otherwise, inter-group information transfer in Nigeria will continue to be ineffective.

Keywords: Inter-group; Information; Information transfer; Nigeria; Missing link