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AI, Robotics key to 4th industrial revolution – DG NITDA


Rayyan Alhassan
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The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, has reiterated that emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are going to power the fourth industrial revolution.

He said this while delivering a goodwill message at the National Engineering Conference and Annual General Meeting organised by Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, held at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Abuja.

This year’s conference with the theme: “Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Sustainable Development” was attended by creme de la’ creme and veteran engineers across the country and beyond.

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The Director General, while speaking further, hinted that all previous industrial revolutions were powered by engineers.

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He added that now that we are at the verge of the fourth industrial revolution makes the conference even more timely.

He noted that Africa, as a continent, lost out in the first, second and third industrial revolutions but now it is at the verge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

This, Mr Inuwa said is going to be powered by Artificial Intelligence, Augmentive Reality and other technologies to change the way of work.

“Emerging technologies such as, artificial intelligence and robotics are changing the way we design, plan and execute engineering projects,” he added.

At NITDA, he said, having this knowledge in mind, the agency is preparing Nigeria to be digital technology inclined.

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He said: “Just last week, the Honourable Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami) commissioned first National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria, which was built by NITDA.

“This is the right time for you to learn how these new technologies are going to help you excel and thrive in this world we are creating, a digital world,” he told NSE.

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Mr Inuwa also hinted that the centre is equipped with the state of the art facilities that could help design and produce prototype solutions for the fourth industrial revolution.

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As such, the Agency he said, is looking forward to receiving a communique from the conference to see how it can work together and build innovation ecosystem in Nigeria and prepare the country for the fourth industrial revolution.

The president of NSE, Engr. Mohammed Babagana, speaking earlier appreciated the members of the Organising Committee for a job well done despite the limited time.

He, however, used the opportunity to emphasize the importance of Engineering in the development of any Nation.

“Engineering is development, development is engineering and engineering is life,” he added.

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