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Minister of Communications, Dr Bosun Tijani, Lagos State Commissioner for Science, Innovation and Technology, Hon. Tunbosun Alake, Others Laud Senator Abiru’s Visionary Leadership

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Over one hundred young people who had undergone Tech Talent and Data Science training at the SAIL Innovation Lab have gotten decent artificial intelligence jobs with Awari AI, a fast growing AI/Robotics firm that is enabling the development and adoption of frontier technology on the African continent starting from Nigeria.

Nigeria Updates understands that the firm which has chosen the SAIL Innovation Lab in Ikorodu as a  launchpad to several locations in Nigeria and Africa, also partnered with the SAIL Innovation Lab for continuous talent sourcing for the emerging multi-billion dollar AI industry that is expected to shape all spheres of life in a few years from now.

The co-founder of the SAIL Innovation Lab, the Senator representing Lagos East, Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, in his remarks said the launch of partnership with Awari AI signaled the beginning of a transformative journey in Ikorodu, and Lagos East Senatorial District as a whole.

He said, “The Awarri AI project, which we launch today, stands as a testament  to our resolute commitment to embracing technology and innovation.  It heralds a new era where industries will be redefined, jobs will be  created, and our youth will be empowered.

“Throughout the annals of history, humanity has been witness to  extraordinary revolutions. From the advent of steam power to the  electrifying dawn of electricity, and from the proliferation of  computers to the connected world of the internet, each era brought  profound transformations to our lives.

“ Today, we stand on the  precipice of the 4th Industrial Revolution, a realm characterized by  artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, biotechnology, and  automation. This revolution promises unprecedented opportunities  for Nigeria and Africa, and it is incumbent upon us to seize this  moment”.

Senator Abiru disclosed that he was passionate about tech and digital skills because of the massive job opportunities and economic growth that the sector can facilitate. He recalled that since 2022 when he embarked on the SAIL Innovation Lab project with five pilot programmes, over 150 participants in-class and 1,200 online trainees have been impacted positively.

“Today, the SAIL Innovation Lab has left an indelible mark on the lives  of over 4,173 participants through a diverse array of programs,  including Tech Talent Development, STEM initiatives tailored for Senior  Secondary School Students, Lagos East Teachers Fellowship, Start-Up  Accelerator, and Data Science for Society.

“These programs have now  evolved to offer job prospects through our esteemed partner  organizations. Awarri AI has taken the lead by employing nearly 100 of  our graduates and pledging to continue its role as a platform for future  outstanding participants seeking employment.

“In an era where digital skills have become an essential currency, the  SAIL Innovation Lab serves as a bridge, closing the digital divide. Our  vision is to provide free training to young individuals in high-demand  tech skills and work collaboratively with our partners to secure them  decent job placements”, Senator Abiru said in his remarks.

The co-founders of Awari AI, Mr. Silas Adekunle and Ms Eniola Edun, said Artificial intelligence is the new wave that should be embraced by Nigeria in its quest to harness opportunities in the current digital and innovation age.

The minister of Communications and digital economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, said the SAIL Innovation Lab has been achieving its goals in less than seven months after the state of the earth innovation lab was commissioned.

Dr Tijani said, “We set out to open up the minds of young people to opportunities that are available globally, and these opportunities are no longer the preserve of the developed world. We live at a time when technology now connects each and everyone of us strongly. The technologies have given us the opportunities to overcome barriers and be part of the global economy.

According to him, Artificial Intelligence due to its foreign origin, “We (Nigerians) have not been able to participate fully and harness its benefits.For the first time in the history of Nigeria and anywhere in Nigeria, Awari AI have decided to start a company that will focus on building that knowledge so that computers will also think like us. For the first time in Nigeria, hundreds of people are being hired from the SAIL Innovation Lab”, the minister said.

The Commissioner for Science, Innovation and Technology, Hon. Tunbosun Alake, disclosed that the State Government will be partnering on the project. He thanked Senator Abiru for driving the initiative.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion include; Former deputy governor of Lagos State, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, HRM Oba Engr. Kabir Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Oba Engr Bashir Sotonwa, the Sekumade of Ipakodo, Oba (Barrister) Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, The Adegboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba David Raji, The Eweye of Isiu, Prince Amid Oduborisha, President Oriwu Club, Local Government council chairmen, Hon. Abidoun Moshood Aro, Hon Gbolahan Ogunleye, Dr. Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Hon(Princess) Adebimpe Akinsola, Alhaja Abiodun Ogunniyi, Mr Deji Abisola, Chief impact consultant on SAIL Innovation Lab who worked on the project till date, among many others.

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LASU Prof Toyin Enikuomehin Honoured For Contribution in ICT Development

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Lagos State University (LASU)’s Prof. Oluwatoyin Enikuomehin has been honoured with a merit award in information technology at the 2023 Prime Excellence Recognition Awards.

Prof. Enikuomehin is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Lagos State University and the incumbent Director, Directorate of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) of the Lagos State University. He has a Ph.D in Computer Science with more than 20 years experience in public sector ICT operations and Intrusion Management systems. He has been involved in the establishment, management and administration of several ICT Centres in many West African States.

Prof. Enikuomehin who is a  fellow of the British Computer Society(BCS) was honoured by the organisers of the award for his undying passion for the development of ICT in Nigeria and across the globe.

Prof. Oluwatoyin Enikuomehin while receiving the award at 5th edition of PERA described the award as prompt for recognising those making impact in the digital tech space.

According to him, “Over the years, I think it is worth while to know that we’ve done a lot things in the space of ICT, to actually put our youths in the proper perspective. This century is started to be driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and if you look at what is happening all around us, you will see that technology is taking over the space, so the time is now for everyone to connect to the advancement that technology is bringing forth.

We’ve  started to see 5G and so much opportunity contained therein, so therefore there’s no need to wait longer, this award is an award at the right time, coming to recognise those making impacts in the society.”

Speaking on the positive and negative effect of technology, he urged media practitioners to be an advocate of the endowment of technology, creating the awareness that Artificial Intelligence will not take away jobs but rather help improve the capability of our brain.

Rating the digital economy in Nigeria, Prof. Toyin noted that the government is keying into the global authority lead on digital technology advancement and urged that the citizens to support the government in keying into it.

“We can’t make evaluations at this time, all we need to do at this time is to still observe for some months but we see that there is a commitment but the first level is digital awareness, we must get everybody ready for the digital inclusion.

Let everybody we aware that technology is coming, which will help us improve how we live, work and sustain ourselves”.

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Sanwo Olu Declares AOT 5.0 Conference Open, Seek Synergy For Digital Heartbeat.

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu has seek synergy between government, industry, academia and civil society for the digital creative industry to thrive in Lagos and its environs.

The governor made this call while declaring open the Art of Technology Lagos 5.0 conference with the theme; ‘The Creative Economy and a digital Lagos, held at the Landmark event Centre.

According to him,”Excited to open the Art of Technology (AOT) Lagos 5.0 Conference themed ‘The Creative Economy and a Digital Lagos’.

Today, I highlighted our commitment to synergy between government, industry, academia, and civil society for a thriving digital heartbeat in Lagos”.

He said Lagos State initiatives for the creative industry, such as Investment in Infrastructure and Technology, Lagos Film City, Collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to support Intellectual Property Rights, a dedicated Lagos State Science, Research, and Innovation Council (LASRIC) cohort for the Creative Economy and the Lagos Innovation Bill, among others have yielded positive results.

Governor Sanwo-Olu promised that his administration will accelerate actions to ensure the Lagos Innovation Bill is signed into law within the first quarter of 2024, adding that the innovation bill when signed into law would increase employment opportunities in the creative industry, enhance competitiveness and foster economic development among others through collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the creative sector and government.

He said: “Lagos has solidified its status as Africa’s foremost fashion and creative hub, emblematic of our shared commitment to technological advancement. Notably, the music industry has burgeoned into the second-largest in Africa, boasting an annual revenue exceeding $2 billion. This achievement is underscored by our artists receiving prestigious accolades such as Grammys, and the proliferation of international streaming services attests to the industry’s global resonance.

“The transformative impact of technology on Lagos’s development is profound. Over the past decade, technology has propelled a remarkable 500 percent increase in productivity across pivotal sectors, ranging from agriculture to manufacturing. Our smart city initiatives have not only enhanced the efficiency of public services but have also significantly elevated the overall quality of life for our residents.

“Our journey towards a Digital Lagos propelled by the Creative Economy is backed by robust figures and data. It is a collective endeavor that requires the synergy of government, industry, academia, and civil society. Together, we will build a future where innovation knows no bounds, where creativity flourishes, and where the digital heartbeat of Lagos resonates across the globe.

“I trust that the discussions initiated at this conference, along with the resulting outcomes, will pave the way for a threefold increase in the value of the creative ecosystem. May this gathering serve as a guiding beacon, directing us toward a future where the convergence of technology and creativity collaboratively shapes a brighter tomorrow for the residents of Lagos State.”

 

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Bosun Tijani Unveils Digital Blueprint For Nigeria

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The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, has unveiled a 31-page document titled “Accelerating our collective prosperity through technical efficiency”.

According to the minister, the 31-page document was a roadmap for his ministry that outlined plans towards a ”critical launchpad towards a Nigeria that thrives in the digital age.”

The minister, who took to X, to make this disclosure on Monday, said the strategic blueprint outlines the ministry’s focus areas which were drafted “based on extensive engagement with stakeholders from our ministry – departments, units and parastatals, ecosystem stakeholders and my immediate team.”

Tijani said the document was designed in line with President Bola Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda, Nigeria Updates gathered.

The new document comes weeks after the minister released an 867-word white paper outlining the methodology of his ministry’s collaborative agenda for AI governance in the country.

The preface of the document revealed that the blueprint highlights the power of digital technology and innovation.

“Our objective with this document is not just to inform, but to reimagine and reintroduce a new way of doing things with efforts to drive equity through a culture of openness and accountability.

“These pillars [knowledge, policy, infrastructure, innovation, entrepreneurship & capital and trade] form a guiding framework for our transformative journey, and we are confident in the strength of our collective commitment to deliver on these plans towards a more prosperous and inclusive Nigeria,” the document stated.

The minister, however, noted that the document is “the first draft” and called on stakeholders in relevant industries to contribute to the future of the nation’s digital technology.

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