The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Abdullahi, has advised the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, to leverage smart technology to enable the country the Fourth Industrial Revolution players.
Mr Abdullahi gave the advice while delivering his address as a Special Guest at a Conference organised by the Association with the theme ‘Digital Economy Campaign: Prospect and Industrial Connections’.
The DG stressed that with various opportunities provided by the present-day’s cutting-edge technologies like the Internet of Things, IoT; Artificial Intelligence AI; Robotic Technology.
According to Mr Abdullahi, these emerging technologies will make factories smarter and more functional without or less human intervention.
“Nearly everything we do in our business operations today are powered by digital technology. So, every manufacturer can increase his top line revenue and lower his bottom line cost using digital technology,” the DG added.
“Emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, IoT, and Automation and Robotic Technology would boost productivities, increase sales, improve efficiency, reduce cost and keep up with the increasingly sophisticated competition,” the DG noted.
While acknowledging that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought about the concept of smart manufacturing, digital platforms and digital economy, the NITDA boss noted that the difference between third and fourth industrial revolutions is the disruptive nature of the emerging technologies.
The DG, theredfore, encouraged MAN members to consider the production of smart phones and other computing devices in the country, adding that there is market availability.
“Absolutely for me, there is no reason why we cannot manufacture smart phones and peripheral in Nigeria.
“I want to appeal to you to focus on the manufacturing of computing devices and their peripheral”, he said.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the President of MAN, Ahmed Mansur, disclosed that the conference would enable the association to learn about new approaches to manufacturing which could result into market expansion.
“Manufacturing sector especially those catering for the Nigerian market that is going to be confronted with the massive expansion of the market potential would have no alternative than to rethink the way they produce, supply and distribute their products,” Mr Mansur said.