By Juliet Umeh
Recognising the importance of emerging technologies to any nation, the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has said it is ready to establish a Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria.
The Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi who revealed this while receiving delegates from Nile University at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters, Abuja, said the centre is going to be the state of the art facility for emerging technologies.
The delegates was led by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Osman Nuri Aras.
Abdullahi noted that the Agency offers scholarships in areas that have direct impact on the industry.
He said: “Our focus is not just to have Msc or PhD but to add value to the industry. It is important to strengthen the existing relationship with the institution so that there can be custom made courses to prepare us for future work.”
According to NITDA boss, embedding relevant skills will better prepare the workforce to actively participate in the fourth industrial revolution.
Meanwhile, he commended the institution for its transition from physical learning to virtual learning within the first week of the lockdown, the method he encouraged other higher institutions of learning to emulate.
In response, the institution said it is prepared to work with NITDA to ensure it produces students that are future proof as it has a specialty in machine learning where 85 percent of its Msc and PhD computer science students have their specialties in machinery and Artificial Intelligence