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Osinbajo Urges Nigerians To Be More Technology-Driven

Yemi Osinbanjo
Posted: Jul 10, 2016 at 8:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo  has  said  that understanding the way technology works and thinking out of the box is the way to go in the world of today.

Osinbajo ,who spoke at the  weekend while delivering the second Foundation Lecture of the Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, entitled “The Future is Here Earlier Than We Thought,” submitted  that the path to greatness, and development is in critical thinking, and also coming up with innovative ideas.

Speaking to an audience parked largely with students, and academics, but also consisting a number of leading traditional rulers from Ondo and Oyo States, business and political elites, the Vice President said “whatever you choose to do, be technology savvy and understand its best uses in your chosen discipline.”

He gave a long list of major and global advancements attained through technology and innovative ideas including how some Nigerians have also taken due advantage and called on Nigerians to be even more creative and inventive

“Create a network of peers where participants interact and share in the value creation,” adding that people can no longer just be, for instance, an economist, an accountant, a graduate of international relations, mass communication or performing arts, rather observing that  multi-skilling is crucial today.”

Continuing he said “you must learn to be a versatile operator not a mono-skilled graduate…everyone has a right to be rich, age is not a barrier.” He also noted that the old way of doing things are gone with the advances of technology.

According to the Vice President it is in recognition of the central role of innovation and technology in national economic growth plan that the federal government in the current budget provided extensively for technology and innovation .

“This year we are establishing technology hubs across the country. Two super hubs in Abuja and  Lagos and 6 regional hubs in the six  geopolitical zones. In partnership with several technology companies the hubs will  be fully resourced with infrastructure and capacity building,” he said.

Starting in the next several weeks, according to Vice President Osinbajo, the federal government will also be training a pool of 100,000 software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others.

He intimated further that the federal government in its quest to make the country the technology hub in Africa, had launched a special presidential initiative on technology and start-ups, adding that “50 of the most innovative technology start-ups would soon be invited to the Presidential Villa to meet with major technology and innovation companies as well as collaborating with the federal government.”

Citing examples of the marvels of technology and innovative ideas, the VP stated that the closest position to that of the confidential secretary now is an executive assistant