eNigeria 2014 CONFERENCE

eNigeria 2014 International Conference and exhibition was held in Abuja at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja from 18th November 2014 to 20th November 2014.

The 2014 summit had the theme CREATING MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIGENOUS ICT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.

e-Nigeria is an annual information Technology (IT) summit organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with relevant stakeholders from private and public sector as well as non-governmental organisations

Address of The President Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

1.            It is a great pleasure to present the opening address at this 2014 edition of e-Nigeria, Nigeria’s international annual Information and Communication Technology Summit organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

 

2.            In 2011, I created the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology in recognition of the growing importance of ICT to national socio-economic development, job and wealth creation.

 

3.            Two years later, the ICT sector made a direct contribution of 10.56 % to GDP. ICT also contributed a combined 2.56 % of added value to other sectors, thereby, validating our emphasis on a more strategic and deliberate focus on the ICT sector.

 

4.            At last year’s  forum which had the theme Local Content in IT Development in Nigeria: The Journey So Far; I requested His Excellency the Vice President, Architect NamadiSamboGCON to launch the Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT. This key policy has received a lot of interest from both local and global ICT stakeholders. Currently, the Office of Nigerian Content Development in ICT, the vehicle to ensure judicious and sustainable implementation, is close to being fully operational.


5.            The theme of e-Nigeria 2014,“Creating Market Opportunities for Nigerian ICT Products and Services”, is a useful follow-up to last year’s theme. Largely, the success of our local content initiative will depend on the deliberate and market driven opportunities through which Nigerian ICT products and services can be delivered.

 

6.            There are numerous studies performed by the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) that support a strategy of strengthening the local IT sector by using public procurement. Government procurement of ICT goods and services is substantial and will continue to grow, as we deliver more and more services online, use social media to engage with citizens, and leverage ICTs to improve the productivity of civil servants and efficiency of public service delivery. 

 

7.            A number of policy directives already exist – for instance government procurement of Personal Computers PCs, below a certain configuration, must be sourced locally. Government also gives preference to meaningful technology transfer partnerships and collaborations between local and international companies, for the deployment of ICT services in government MDAs.

 

8.            To place our efforts in global perspective, the “Buy China” efforts contributed tremendously to China’s remarkable rise over the past thirty years, with unprecedented global achievement that has brought China great respect globally. China leveraged a policy for large State-guaranteed financial investments driving local industry, sharing of expertise and significant technology transfer.

 

 

9.            Similar progress has been made by South Korea. In the aftermath of the 1997 Asia financial crisis, South Korea adopted an ICT focussed and technology catalysed economic recovery strategy. Within a few years, ICT contributed 25% of the country’s GDP and today South Korea is leading the world in key sectors like electronics and shipbuilding.

 

10.       However, ladies and gentlemen, in creating market opportunities for Nigerian ICT products and services, we must be mindful to not fall into the trap of protectionism or poor quality, if there is a perception of a guaranteed market. Under my administration Nigeria has recorded the highest levels of foreign direct investment in our history, and this is a testament,not only the size of our domestic market, but  to a liberalised and market driven economy that is open for all serious and honest business people.

 

 

11.       The Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, through NITDA, has made a strong statement of projecting Nigeria’s ICT sector as a premium investment destination through investment outreach missions to Silicon Valley, USA, and the more recent country strategic partnership with organisers of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) 2014. It is only important for us to build on the success achieved at this event, and encourage Foreign Direct Investment to further grow the ICT industry in Nigeria.

 

12.       The incentives in government procurement, which I mentioned earlier, imply that there are readily available market opportunities that ICT companies can tap into, but the theme of this conference underlines that we also need to create new markets and new openings for ICT companies in Nigeria. This is where creativity and innovation, which is already a strong sub-theme in this conference, comes in.

 

13.       A number of innovative programmes have already been rolled out by NITDA to complement the local innovation ecosystem. These have been designed to aggressively improve the numbers and quality of tech-preneurs and to ensure that profitable businesses are built around the innovative applications, solutions and platforms that our talented young women and men are producing.

 

14.       The IT Development Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA Hub), with locations in Yaba, Lagos and Tinapa, Cross River State, have begun to make an impact with 70 start ups being incubated and nurtured. A number of these start-ups are gaining recognition both at home and in Silicon Valley, and NITDA must be commended for this. I look forward to the next tech billionaire being a Nigerian!

 

15.       In line with these efforts, Venture Capital Funds are being raised to help fill the gaps in seed funding that are a major handicap for our young tech-preneurs. Earlier this week we launched a 50millionUS dollars Venture Capital fund for SMEs, and this will very nicely complement the 22million US dollars ICT focussed VC fund that NITDA has seeded through the vehicle of the National IT Development Fund (NITDEVF).

 

16.       With these preliminary records of success, there is no better platform to take advantage of the great potential in this sector, and no better time for us to consolidate our achievements  than now that Nigeria is considered the largest economy in Africa, with a record of  close to 7% growth in each of the last five  years.

  

17.       Mr.Chairman, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, permit me to reiterate that improving the number and level of companies from Nigeria that are significantly active in our ICT industry, is a key part of my Administration’s Transformation Agenda for growth with jobs and wealth creation.

 

18.       With the content of this conference and the class of resource persons invited, I am confident that its outcome will help us to develop a useful framework that will provide an all-inclusive approach for creating market opportunities, for indigenous ICT products and services in our country.

 

19.       Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now my honour and to formally declare open the e-Nigeria 2014.

 

20.       I wish you all a very successful conference.

 

21.       Thank you and God Bless Nigeria.

THE COMMUNIQUE

Communique issued at the end of the…Edition of the e-Nigeria Conference and Exhibitions Held from November 18-20, 2014 at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

1.0  Preamble

The 2014 e-Nigeria Conference and Exhibition was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja from November 18 through 20, 2014. The program was declared open by His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, represented by the Honorable Minister of Communication Technology, Dr (Mrs) Omobola Johnson. Other dignitaries at the event were the House Committee Chairman on ICT, HonShehuGusau, Prof Turner Isoun who chaired the opening ceremony, Director-General of NITDA who presented the welcome address on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Communication Technology and Mr. Jelani Aliyu, Nigerian-born, US-based automobile designer who was the keynote speaker. In attendance also were the members of the Board of NITDA and President of Council of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN). Over 500 delegates attended the conference whose theme was “Creating Market Opportunities for Indigenous ICT Products and Services”

2.0  The three day conference featured demos by over 10 business start-ups and over 20 presentations in 6 plenary sessions on the following sub-themes:

1.     Showcasing Indigenous ICT Innovations for National Development

2.     Value Addition, Wealth and Job Creation for ICT Solution Providers

3.     Strategies for Enhancing the Quality of Made in Nigeria ICT

4.     Building ICT Entrepreneurs and Human Capital in Nigeria

5.     Leveraging International ICT Exhibitions and For a for Showing Nigerian Content

6.     IT Innovations for Security and Crime Prevention

A parallel session on “Scoping of ICT Deployment in Universities” was also hosted during the conference for the purpose of examining ICT related interventions in federal universities by various government agencies to identify possible areas of collaboration for more strategic and effective government ICT initiatives

3.0  The Conference:

1.     Commended the theme of the conference as a consequential follow up to last year’s conference and observed that the success of the local content initiative would depend on the deliberate creation of market driven opportunities through which Nigerian ICT products and services could be delivered.

2.     Noted with delight that ICT now contributes over 10% to Nigeria’s GDP. The Conference ascribed this to the 2011creation of a Ministry dedicated solely to ICT development, and the emphasis of President Jonathan’s administration on a more strategic and deliberate focus on the ICT sector.

3.     Commended the recent launching of a 50million US dollars Venture Capital fund for SMEs by the Ministry of Communication Technology and the seeding of 22million US dollars ICT focussed VC fund by NITDA into the Fund. The conference expressed optimism that the venture fund would help in alleviating the funding problems experienced by tech-preneurs in the industry;

4.     Commended NITDA for the establishment of pilot technology innovation hubsin Lagos and Calabar as prelude to the evolution of a viable innovation ecosystem.

4.0  Recommendations:

1.     Although the Conference had expressed satisfaction with the strides being made in developing the indigenous ICT industry, it cautioned against falling into the trap of protectionism or poor quality, if there is a perception of a guaranteed market. It further advised that:

a.      Local manufacturers and service providers should strive for international certifications in process improvement and enterprise IT governance frameworks such as COBIT 5.

b.     The Federal Ministry of Education and Policy Makers should put attentionon STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, including the establishment of industrial design, robotics and artificial intelligence courses in tertiary and secondary schools as the basis for sustained growth in national development initiatives.

2.     The Conference:

a.     called on the Federal Government, NITDA and ICT stakeholders to adopt deliberate, planned, and sustainedmulti-stakeholder approach  towards investing in ICT governance and standardization, and investing in ICT infrastructure for power, broadband, cloud computing and big data)  to consolidate on the achievements made in the sector, especially now that Nigeria is considered the largest economy in Africa, with a record of close to 7% growth in each of the last five years;

b.     Called on NITDA to collaborate with stakeholders to provide good business environment, quality education, peace and securityfor the youth as the foundation for business transformation;

c.      Called on the federal government and players in the ICT industry to pay close attention to Child Online Protection issues in the country;

d.     Called on NITDA to collaborate with stakeholders to establish and manage a National Software Directory, and to develop a distinctive National Software Master Plan

3.     The Conference also considered the propriety of a forensic databaseandsecure information network for timely information sharing among law enforcement agencies. The Conference therefore called on law enforcement agencies to collaborate with NITDA to establish a national crime database and information infrastructure backbone to facilitate citizen participation and multi-stakeholder approach in crime prevention and management.

 

 

5.0  Conclusion

In conclusion, the Conference expressed gratitude to Mr. President, The Ministry of Communication Technology, the sponsors of the Conference, members of the Board of NITDA, ICT stakeholders and the media for their support in making the 8th edition of the e-Nigeria Conference and Exhibitions a success.


KEYNOTE SPEECH

CREATING MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIGENOUS ICT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:

THE PHILOSOPHY FOR SUCCESS by Jelani Aliyu, MFR 


In the realm of advanced living organisms, consciousness is the thread that binds all together and dictates realities, likewise with the ever growing sophistication of modern technology, ICT is the force that unifies and energizes all the various concepts and systems, creating the efficacy and synergy for the success of humanity as a civilization.

We are now at a very exciting and decisive moment in our nation’s history, and the importance of the National Information Technology Development Agency in charting and enabling this encompassing catalyst that is so necessary for the enlightenment, empowerment and development of all our societies is immeasurable.

It is my hope that this conference, eNigeria 2014, is remembered as one of the key events that have enabled and signified an exciting era when we as Nigerians decided to usher in a bold and better future for ourselves.

We must never underestimate the amazing power of human imagination, the ability to envision a dramatically positive and dynamic future. Every great city, every monument, every historic feat, as it stands for all the world to see, was once pure thought, pure imagination acted upon and brought into reality. To imagine is to dream, to dream is to tune in to the ever amazing possibilities of the future. And when we do dream, it must be big, because to dream small is to totally underestimate the amazing capabilities that lie within each and every one of us. Our own country, Nigeria, from the Atlantic shoreline in the South, through the grasslands of the Middle-Belt, all the way to the rolling hills and bright blue skies of the North, Nigeria is truly a magnificent and blessed country. Yes, we have crude oil, yes, we have natural gas and a wide variety of raw materials, and yes, we have fertile soil that could be cultivated to feed hundreds of millions, but above all, what we have is our humanity, that magical inner spirit that glows from within, that magical inner spirit that makes us an integral and crucial part of the human civilization. And so, we must see ourselves not just as Nigerians, but as members of a global community, sharing constructive ideas, sharing inspirations, and together coming up with solutions for the betterment of humanity worldwide.

We as Nigerians must not be afraid of success, but we must face the future with courage, we must individually and collectively focus on progressive opportunities and solutions. Those powerful capabilities that reside within each and every one of us must be reawakened, and it all starts in the mind, if you can imagine it and clearly see it in your mind then you are half way there, you can then easily strategize, jump into action and bring it into reality.

 

We must not be defined by our current problems, they are not who we are, we are bigger than them, we must be defined by our dreams and aspirations, we must be defined by what we can achieve, we must be defined by a better tomorrow. Nothing is impossible, there are no impossibilities; there is only a better Nigeria to build.

Our great country, Nigeria, Land of the Niger crocodile, Land of the Baobab tree, Nigeria, Where smiles are free, Like the bright blue sky, And the beautiful stars of the night. I grew up in Sokoto, land of the midday sun. My parents came from Dogondaji, which is a town about an hour southwest of Sokoto. Growing up was a fascinating experience, the wide open spaces, the bright blue skies and the very closely knit family. They were very exciting times. I attended Capital School and FGC Sokoto, where I met a lot of friends and teachers from many parts of Nigeria, and from Asia, and Europe. I have always been fascinated by automobiles and decided to be a car designer very early on.

While growing up we had a lot of books, magazines and select educational TV shows that opened up our world beyond Sokoto and beyond Nigeria. Through all that content and with information from our dad and elder brother who travelled a lot, we learnt of how big the world is and of all the incredible potential and opportunity out there. Our father had a library where we read about great inventions, ideas and amazing places, I drew a lot and saw art as a language, through which one can conceptualize and develop ideas. I got a lot of support and encouragement from my family and a family friend. I found imagination especially fascinating as I often engaged in it to envision futuristic products, systems and positive scenarios.

After FGC Sokoto, I had a number of admissions and the opportunity to study at a number of universities in the country, but I chose to study Architecture at the Birnin-Kebbi Polytechnic, because my priority was to immediately engage in hands on practical design, which the polytechnic offered, and to prepare myself for Automotive Design. At Birnin-Kebbi I did studies in sustainable home designs that were in tune with the Nigerian climate, buildings that passively kept cool without the need for air conditioners or other external energy sources.

After Birnin-Kebbi I concentrated on going into Automotive Design itself. I got a book from a cousin of mine that listed all the American colleges and universities, in there I learnt of the Collage for Creative Studies in Michigan. I sent them the portfolio of designs I had done and secured admission. Sokoto State Scholarship Board offered me a full scholarship to study at the college.

Automotive design is part of Industrial design, which is a fascinating field, in its purest and most useful form it is a tool for survival and economic growth, dealing with the challenges that people face every day and coming up with solutions to them, which are for the most part physical products or systems that empower people and make life easier, they also enhance relationships and interactions within humanity and between humanity and the environment. I strongly believe that no other man made product that is so attainable by billions of people has as much magic and enchantment as the automobile.

 

In its most basic form it is a phenomenon that accentuates and amplifies human strength and capabilities, automobiles have become an integral part of modern life and are for the most part taken for granted, but technically and philosophically what they have done is made us a civilization of super humans, with the freedom to individually go anywhere at speed cocooned in our own microclimate. Automobiles in a way also give you an exo-skeleton that is not only physically protective but can be emotionally assertive and captivating. Altogether, an excellent automobile is physically indispensable and emotionally irresistible. And now with ICT, the automobile is evolving to be an even more exciting machine with untethered connectivity, autonomy and Artificial Intelligence, it is transforming into a new transportation genre: without the need for a driver, whole passengers would soon be able to do whatever they want while in transit, working, surfing the internet, cooking or sleeping.

After graduation I got a job with General Motors, after about three years in Detroit I went on an international assignment to Germany for about two years to design Opels. When I came back to the Tech Center I worked on the Pontiac G6, then I transferred to the company's Advanced Design Studio, there I developed the design concept of the Chevrolet Volt Electric Car, the vehicle would go on to usher in a new era not just for GM but for the whole industry and world in general.

The Chevrolet Volt project started with a brief by the then Vice President of product development on the need to develop a highly advanced vehicle concept that would take the company forward into the future. Three advanced studios were engaged in the competition, the one in California, one in the United Kingdom and the Michigan Advanced Studio where I was. Together there were hundreds of entries.

Out of those hundreds, five were chosen for the final round. At the final selection my proposal was chosen to go forward as the Volt. I conceptualized the design of the Volt to be very advanced and to capture the spirit of the African wilderness and also that of the magnificence of the marine life off the African Atlantic shores: like a cheetah poised for an attack, like a shark swimming with powerful grace and focus.

ASIAN TIGERS

There are two incredible creatures, one mythical, one real that will forever be associated with the history, culture and achievements of Asia, these creatures are the dragon and the tiger.

Whereas in old Europe dragons were believed to be fire breathing flying monsters that needed to be hunted down, in Asia the dragon is a symbol of power, leadership, and new beginnings. Although mythical, it occupies a position of strength in the minds of Asia, so does the tiger.

Which in itself is an unbelievably powerful creature, the perfect balance of brute force and flexibility, calm and ferocity, when it hunts it does so with calculated strategy, utter focus and unyielding tenacity. These are also the exemplary characteristics of four unique Asian countries which have exhibited so much achievement that they have now come to be called the ‘Asian Tigers’, these are the countries of Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea. Four countries that have created nothing short of a miracle: within a relatively short period of about thirty years, from the mid-sixties to the nineties, they would transform themselves from underdeveloped economies into some of the world's most advanced nations, moving their populations from a life of hardship to that of prosperity.

 

How did they do this? They employed a number of strategies, key amongst which were intensive education that led to the development of a highly skilled work force, free enterprise and the aggressive manufacturing of goods exported to the West.

They had a concerted effort to make primary and lower secondary school education compulsory. A strong curriculum was put together, teaching was made an important profession and the best graduates were encouraged to go into that field. They were trained to create highly competent and enthusiastic faculties at all schools. Salaries of teachers was made competitive with other contemporary professions.

The governments of the Asian Tiger countries supported major corporations and public initiatives to establish strong ICT solutions that were deployed directly within the country, enabling the successful establishment of the new systems on a massive scale before further scaling up globally.

In the case of Taiwan, the country moved from a virtual nonexistent ICT sector in 1960 to a powerful global player by the 90s, and it has continued to be in that league. The government created two mega companies in the heyday of the country’s ICT development, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC), the world's first dedicated semiconductor foundry, and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), with such momentum the country became the research and development hub of the Asia-Pacific region.

With South Korea, their technology initiative led to the development of one of the world’s most successful and actually the first 100-percent electronic customs e-government information systems in the world, The Korea Customs Service’s Universal Pass, known as ‘UNI-PASS’. It has since been exported to a number of countries around the world. South Korea also gave priority to Industrial design, the concept of creating new products that are solutions for everyday applications and economic growth, this enabled a strong industry that designed, manufactured and exported these solutions overseas, especially to the United States.

The Asian Tigers moved from just manufacturers of ICT products to pervasive nationwide users of it, integrating the technology in all aspects of government and social life. They developed a highly skilled workforce which in turn fostered strong innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing unprecedented progress to their populations.

Can we emulate this miracle of the Asian Tigers as they did with their leap from poverty to prosperity, can we also emulate their success as high caliber ICT global innovators and exporters?

We, as Nigerians, are now at an exciting moment in our country’s history, we have never been ordinary, we may have had challenges, but we have never lost our zeal. It is now our turn to muster and leverage all our capabilities and usher in a new era of advanced progress and abundance, in effect, to bring back the greatness of our people, to recapture the magic and prosperity of our histories, cultures, kingdoms and empires. To bring back the era when our societies engaged the authentic capabilities of all citizens and prospered.

And so the answer is yes, just as the Asian Tigers transformed their economies and became crucial players in the global ICT sector, we too can do the same, and must be done in an even shorter period.

 

Our greatest enabler is Intelligent Technology, technology that is in tune with Africa, technology in tune with our culture, histories, climate and geography. And the encompassing phenomenon to bring about this transformation is a nationwide development and adoption of the most advanced ICT.

So, who are we? Who are the Nigerians? Environmental consciousness has become an integral part of global development, nature is now once again no longer seen as a force to conquer, but rather, it is seen as a medium from which to learn, efficiently draw energy from and live in harmony with. And when we do observe nature, we see that we live on a truly magical planet, a gigantic orb of life hurtling through space, everywhere we look around us, we are surrounded by wonders of our natural world, from the tiny leaf only fractions of a millimetre thick and yet a highly efficient factory to the amazing sea rays that glide within the deep waters of the Atlantic, planet earth is a perfect balance of beauty and practicality.

And so in these days of environmental consciousness, sustainability and renewability, who more environmental than the African, who more sustainable than the Nigerian? Who better to understand this global movement and position themselves as high calibre creators of world class solutions than Nigerian innovators?

Africa is a unique continent, with extreme climates and geographies, extreme heat and rough terrain, but these are not problems, they are not negatives, these are what Africa is. They are the beauty of Africa, and are the magic and the characteristics that have for millennia engaged a people and crafted them with immeasurable wisdom, virtue and prowess, characteristics that have fashioned a continent full of wonder, awe and adventure, and given us the magnificent Obudu hills, Serengeti and Ngoro Ngoro, the incredible Zambezi River, and the beautiful landscapes of the Sahel.

Yes, there are challenges in infrastructure, energy supply, transportation, and education. But that is just what they are, challenges, they are not us, we are bigger than them.

Having the right technology is crucial in any society or locality. A major reason for the failure of a lot of infrastructure and systems in our nation is because they were not fundamentally designed for our applications, they do not fall within the critical physical and mental patterns that are natural for Africa, and so they don’t fail because of an inherent lack of local human support. It is no surprise that our physical environment is absolutely different from the conceptual birth place of a lot of the technology that finds itself transplanted into Africa. From time immemorial, Africans have had tools, systems and technologies that have assisted them in their daily lives. These technologies had been developed and evolved over time to be the most conducive for our people and environment. For example, most of Africa is hot, and historically homes have been built to be comfortable with local natural materials and passive cooling technologies without the need for added energy. In the last couple of decades we have equated progress with completely disregarding and forgetting a lot of our local and very effective technologies. This is not right, we must not dismiss them, but rather we must build on them, so as we progress, we must leverage advanced product development and intelligent Information Technology, coupled with our honed inherited understanding of extreme circumstances, to create advanced new systems that best suit our terrain, climate, psyche and histories. Therein will lie the secret to the success of our ICT products and services, making them authentically African for the unparalleled extreme African solution and hence effective for the world.

 

And so, imagine integrating these advanced effective solutions into our cities, infrastructure, institutions and patterns of life, making them the pride and jewels of modernity while upholding the very core values of our heritage and our respect for the magnificent natural world around us, for example:

1) Based on our cultures and ways of living, we have millions of children spread all across the country who cannot come to a traditional classroom because they are an integral part of their family’s vocation, some are not even in their towns or settlements but out there farming, herding, fishing and hunting, so how do we take education to these kids wherever they maybe? How do develop a self-adapting and un-tethered educational system, with intelligent networks, specialized sustainable hardware and software that would reach and engage these students while they are out there farming, hunting and fishing?

2) A majority of our citizens live in rural areas with no access to public or modern private services. Delivery of medicine, goods and needed supplies is a challenge over inhospitable terrain, across unbridged rivers and impenetrable forests. How do we provide intelligent logistics systems that can autonomously and safely service every town, village and settlement, making irrelevant the lack of roads to any of those places, to operate either by air or by land, perhaps autonomous delivery drones or self-driving off-road solutions with the capability of efficiently and expediently traversing any natural terrain and leaving it pristine and undisturbed?

The two examples mentioned above are but a window to the advanced future of Nigeria and Africa, without expensive roads crisscrossing and destroying natural habitats we can reach every citizen of this country with essential goods and services, without building a physical school in every village and settlement we can give world class education to each and every Nigerian child. While maintaining the natural environments of Africa we can, through leveraging strategic ICT solutions, create advanced nations where our people will once again live in harmony with nature, in abundance, peace and prosperity.

Once we pioneer and develop these types of advanced and highly applicable ICT solutions, we can very easily scale them up and provide them to the world. And so, what are some of the enablers to creating these Africa conducive ICT solutions?

 First and foremost is the acknowledgment of the miracle that we have all around us: the magic that is Africa that must be preserved.

 Establishing Industrial Design courses and making the profession an integral factor of ICT and general technological development, through its discipline of creative hardware innovation and development. To set up departments at tertiary institutions, and integrate the course in the curriculum of secondary schools.

 Establishment of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence courses right from secondary school to degree courses at universities, polytechnics and specialized schools.

 

 

· Engaging Nigerian professionals in the diaspora in collaborative initiatives and projects, to merge their collective international experiences and contacts with Nigerian based experts and opportunities.

 

a) Engage in collaborative advanced Research and Development, and

b) Organize exciting local challenges and competitions to expose our local talent to the international community.

It is an exciting new world, and we must be strong valuable members of it, we must go for the seemingly impossible and make it reality. We must brave new paths with no fear, we must all come together and courageously strive towards the achievement of all that which will positively and most dynamically impact multiple facets of the Nigerian human experience.

 

Jelani Aliyu, MFR,

Automotive/Industrial Designer and Developer,

Architectural Strategy