- Nigeria now has its own Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
- The establishment of the centre was in line with the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy of the federal government
- The centre is equipped with a digital innovation laboratory, Maker Space and Fabrication laboratory, Printed Circuit Board Facilities, 3-D Printer among others
Dr Isa Pantami, Nigeria's minister of communications and digital economy, on Friday, November 13 in Abuja, inaugurated the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
The minister said at the inauguration that the establishment of the centre was in line with the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) of the federal government.
According to him, the pillars that reflected the vision of the centre were solid infrastructure, digital services development and promotion, indigenous content development and adoption.
He also disagreed with the notion that the use of robotics could lead to loss of jobs and said that reports showed that deploying robotics led to the employment of about 150,000 people globally in engineering and assembly jobs.
He said there were already existing regulations such as the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation, the National Broadband Plan, the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy, among others to drive the activities of the centre.
Pantami also expressed the hope that the centre would engage Nigerian youths, support economic diversification, create jobs and inspire digital entrepreneurship.
He directed the National Information Development Agency (NITDA) to file a monthly report on the activities of the centre till Dec. 2021 when it could be certified to perform independently.
He stated that:
“This project is one among many of our developmental programmes in accordance with NITDA’s core mandate of facilitating the growth of Information Communication Technology development in Nigeria.”
According to him, the centre inaugurated aims at achieving such an unprecedented boost to the nation’s economy.
Meanwhile, Terry Nicholas, a tech enthusiast and public affairs analyst recently wrote on how educational technology makes learning easier, faster, and safer for Nigerian students.
The article majorly focused on how the schools in Nigeria who are IT compliant, fared during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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