Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Nigeria needs to invent and produce cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications for education, business, medicine, and security. He said that effective collaboration between public and private sectors to build world-class institutions focused on innovation in science, technology, and management sciences would help proffer solutions to the country’s challenges.
Osinbajo spoke Saturday to the founding class (2021) of the Nigerian University of Technology and Management (NUTM), Lagos. The event was the institution’s maiden graduation ceremony of its flagship Scholars Programme.
“The most significant problems of this generation, especially in Africa, will require innovation in science, technology, and the management sciences, especially entrepreneurship and innovative leadership if we are to stand a chance of resolving them.”
The vice president said that the graduands of the NUTM programme had what was required to be among those who would in the future, provide solutions to national and global challenges in different sectors.
“I think sitting before us today, the graduands of the NUTM Scholars Programme, we might just be beholding the men and women with the answers to some of the world’s most significant challenges. And there are many challenges indeed. We need to invent and produce cutting-edge AI applications for education, business, medicine and security.
“We need to design the educational innovation required to train millions of children in or out of classrooms all across the country and on our continent, and provide the techniques for delivering opportunities in technology on the scale,” he said.
Osinbajo said that in Agriculture, Nigeria needed to invent advanced devices, precision agriculture methodologies and robotic systems.
He said such inventions would guarantee the huge yields per acreage or volumes in dairy and livestock to meet the food security needs of a country headed for the third position in global population size in a few short years.
“And we are waiting for the breakthrough in the treatment of peculiar African health challenges such as sickle cell disease, fibroids and cancers.
NUTM is a top-notch school of innovation and technology-focused on nurturing leaders in Nigeria and Africa, promoted by Dr Okey Enelamah, immediate past Industry, Trade and Investment Minister.