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FG empower citizens to shape the future of AI

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By Mercy Kelani

Nigeria devotes to influencing the application and development of this tech.

Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has unveiled Nigeria’s intention to drive the worldwide adoption and influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This strategic vision by the Nigerian Government aims to empower Nigerians to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of AI technology on a global scale. In the realm of AI, Nigeria’s role will transcend mere consumption as stated by Mr. Abdullahi on Wednesday. Instead, the nation will devote its efforts to significantly influencing the application and development of this technology, while simultaneously aiding in the realization of its envisioned future.

In the midst of the recently unveiled ‘Digital for all Challenge’, the CEO of NITDA addressed the audience, emphasizing the urgent need for Nigeria to prepare itself for the upcoming age. Consequently, the nation has already initiated substantial investments and educational programs, not just limited to AI application, but also encompassing extensive research and analysis. This multifaceted approach aims to generate innovative solutions that will indubitably enhance the lives of all Nigerian citizens. The future is rapidly approaching, and AI is at its forefront.

Promoting the development of innovative solutions.

However, its arrival is outpacing our expectations. Merely being a passive observer in the realm of AI is not enough. NITDA’s aim is not only to participate but to actively influence and mold the direction of AI. Hence, it is of utmost importance that Nigerians prepare themselves for this impending transformation. According to the Director’s statement, the organization is making substantial investments in training and research grants for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Additionally, it is actively promoting the development of innovative solutions by its employees.

At NITDA, they are also working on enhancing their AI assistant to improve productivity and enhance their service delivery efficiency. In addition, it was pointed out by him that NITDA and various governmental entities have devoted a couple of years towards the development of policies that will regulate the utilization of artificial intelligence within the nation. Furthermore, they have been striving to create a comprehensive legislation that will ensure the utmost constructive implementation of AI for the betterment of the country.

Youthful Nigerians will receive valuable digital expertise.

Furthermore, the Director-General of NITDA expressed that the Nigerian government, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, has provided financial assistance to a minimum of 45 individuals from Nigeria. This diverse group includes researchers, entrepreneurs, and scholars who will delve into the study of artificial intelligence (AI) and devise effective policies and strategies for its seamless integration into different sectors within the country. Mr. Abdullahi noted that by jointly implementing the ‘Digital for all Challenge’ alongside the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, a significant number of youthful Nigerians will receive valuable digital expertise, consequently paving the way for Nigeria’s technological advancement.

This initiative is expected to have a far-reaching impact, influencing the lives of millions of individuals. In its second edition, this exciting competition on digital skilling is inviting participants from three distinct categories all over Nigeria. The primary goal is to commend individuals for their personal growth and motivate them to acquire and apply digital skills by offering enticing competitive rewards. Participating in this free digital skill-building competition and program has the potential to reward individuals with a whopping sum of one hundred and fifty million naira.

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The prime objective of this initiative is to promote digital literacy in Nigeria, while simultaneously encouraging individuals to acquire essential digital skills and certifications through online platforms. As stated by the program organizers, the endeavour will be divided into two distinct stages: the training period and the competition period. The Tech4Dev team, who are the brains behind this contest, have officially announced that participants must successfully complete an evaluation after the training phase in order to be eligible for the competition phase. There will be three stages for the competition phase: state, local, and grand finale on a national level.


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AN-Toni
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1 month ago

FG empower citizens to shape the future of AI. – Nigeria devotes to influencing the application and development of this tech.Express your point of view.

SarahDiv
Member
1 month ago

Nigeria’s push to actively shape the global future of AI is a commendable effort. Initiatives like the ‘Digital for all Challenge’ show a commitment to empowering Nigerian youth with digital skills. Investing in AI research and policy development aligns with the goal of influencing AI’s positive impact on various sectors. It’s a promising direction for Nigeria’s technological advancement.

Kazeem1
Member
1 month ago

That the FG is enabling Nigerians to influence the direction artificial intelligence takes is fantastic to hear. Nigeria has the potential to make a big impact on the moral and responsible application of AI by investing time and money to influence the technology’s development and implementation.

Taiwo
Member
1 month ago

Citizens are empowered by FG to influence AI’s future. Nigeria is committed to influencing this technology’s development and application. As artificial intelligence is becoming a part of daily life, the United States has good cause, in my opinion, to be actively shaping technology for the benefit of its citizens. Through it, the people are getting more power.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
1 month ago

I think it’s fantastic that the Nigerian government is empowering citizens to shape the future of AI. By involving the people in the decision-making process, it ensures that the technology is developed and applied in a way that aligns with the needs and aspirations of the Nigerian society. This approach not only fosters inclusivity and transparency but also encourages innovation and creativity.
AI has the potential to revolutionize various sectors, from healthcare and education to transportation and agriculture. By actively engaging citizens in discussions and policy-making related to AI, Nigeria can leverage the collective intelligence and diverse perspectives of its people. This will help in identifying the areas where AI can have the most significant impact and addressing any concerns or ethical considerations that may arise.
Furthermore, by devoting resources and efforts to influence the application and development of AI, Nigeria can position itself as a leader in the global AI landscape. This can attract investments, promote technological advancements, and create opportunities for local businesses and startups to thrive. It’s exciting to see the government recognizing the potential of AI and taking proactive steps to ensure its responsible and beneficial use.