Director-general National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has stated that innovation is the best mechanism in creating prosperity for any nation.
He stated that minimal capital is needed to be a part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, saying that the purpose of the National Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Centre is to devise ways in which fundamental technology can be used to solve problems and create prosperity for the nation.
The DG who was speaking when receiving delegates from the Federal University of Technology Minna led by the Vice Chancellor Professor Abdullahi Bala at the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) Office Wuye, Tuesday, noted that economic diversification is not just to alleviate poverty but also to create prosperity by designing a high value market chain for local production.
According to him, technological ecosystem comprises of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME’s) which grow lineally and the Innovative Driven Enterprises (IDE’s) which grow exponentially with a broader market.
He added that most developed and wealthy nations do not depend on their natural resources but on creative innovations.
He commended the University’s intention in seeking more collaboration–a synergy he described as strategic in sustaining a digital economy, prepare the students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, boost Industrialization that can move the country forward.
Earlier in his speech, Vice Chancellor Federal University of Technology Minna Professor Abdullahi Bala said the purpose of the visit was to thank the Agency for its intervention on the University IT Hub to which has since been in use; and also to leverage on the cordial relationship between the Agency and the University in exploring more collaborative opportunities for productive interactions in Research, Innovation and Development in Emerging technologies.