The Federal Government says it will partner Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) to promote research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) towards achieving digital economy in Nigeria.
Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Isa Pantani said this on Thursday in Lafia, Nasarawa State, at the maiden AI summit organised by NCS.
The minister, who was represented by Yaa’u Garba, Director-General, National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, commended NCS for organising the summit in an area which he described as the most fascinating technological development in the world.
Pantani said that the summit, with the theme “Artificial Intelligence for National Development”, was apt and timely, as it provided a platform for discussion on a roadmap for the adoption of AI in public and private organisations.
“It will also help to provide guidelines for rapid development, using the emerging technology for the benefit of the country.
“Artificial Intelligence is offering a new way of living and is creating unprecedented opportunities for humanity in all sectors,” he added.
According to him, all countries over the world embrace artificial intelligence to enhance their efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.
Pantami said that AI had the potential to analyse and ensure progress in health, education, communication, social protection transport and engine system.
He said that artificial intelligence could also increase productivity of science, as it had demonstrated at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister noted that as part of efforts to promote research on AI, the Federal Government, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), established National Centre for Artificial Intelligence.
He, therefore, commended NCS for the summit and assured of government’s partnership with stakeholders toward promoting research on AI to help address some challenges facing the country.
Earlier, Prof Adesina Sodiya, President of NCS, said the summit was an initiative aimed at contributing toward addressing national challenges, using AI technology.
He explained that AI had helped many countries of the world in making significant progress in different areas; hence the need for Nigeria to also key into it.
Sodiya stressed that the adoption of AI in the public and private sectors would facilitate better policy formulation and help in tackling corruption, among others.
On his part, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, said that AI had presented opportunities for breakthroughs and problem solving in all sectors.
He said that the state government had invested a lot in Information Communication Technology (ICT), with a view to digitising government activities.
Sule said that the state government would partner NCS to train the state’s civil servants on AI.
The event had in attendance delegates from academia, captains of industry, students, government officials from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).