The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdulahi, said there is need to devise ways in which fundamental technology can be used to solve problems and create prosperity in Nigeria.
Abdullahi stated this at the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) , when he hosted delegates from the Federal University of Technology, Minna led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdullahi Bala.
According to the NITDA boss, most of the developed and wealthy nations do not depend on their natural resources but on creative innovations.
” We are delighted at the University’s intention in seeking more collaboration, a synergy which is strategic in sustaining digital economy. It will prepare the students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and boost Industrialization as a whole to move the country forward.”
“The creation of an ICT hub for universities in all the geo-political zones which included the Federal University of Technology, Minna was in line with the NCAIR’s mandate of collaborating with universities in empowering youths.”
Abdullahi noted that economic diversification is not basically just to alleviate poverty, but also to create prosperity by designing a high value market chain for local production.
“Graduates are unemployable these days because all they know is theory, and will always need additional training upon employment. Exposing them to technology advancements will broaden their knowledge and give them the opportunity to conceptualize their ideas”.
While speaking, Professor Abdullahi Bala, added that the University has all it takes to train NITDA scholars in Post graduate studies.
He advised them to come occasionally as visiting lecturers to interact with the students.
” We are assuring the DG that the University has scaled its capacity to further collaborate and complement the efforts of NITDA by creating an International Centre for Emerging Technology. An initiative which he believes, in collaboration with the NCAIR will focus on areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Capacity Building, Research and Development.”