The Nigerian Government is to establish two new agencies- the National Agency for Desertification and Erosion Research NADER and the National Agency for Research in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence NARRAI in the country.
The Minister of the Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, disclosed this at the official inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for their establishment in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Dr. Onu, said that the proposed agencies would provide the platform to train Nigerians on the utilization of Artificial Intelligence to fast-track the country’s social and economic growth in the country.
“The decision to establish the Agencies was reached at the last meeting of National Research and Innovation Council to enable Nigeria achieve effective industrialization” and tackle the effect of erosion from Lake Chad to the country’’, he added.
The Minister urged members of the Committee to develop mandate with urgency and come up with a practicable template to actualise the take-off of the two agencies to broaden the Ministry in serving the common interest of Nigeria.
He emphasised that Nigeria should not just be consumers but also carry out research to promote the front line of Science and Technology to compete with other countries of the world.
“For Nigeria to be a great nation it cannot continue to rely on other nations, because, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence will boost our knowledge of space Ocean and Development” he added.
Dr. Onu, said that there is no way Nigeria can achieve effective industrialisation without investment in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence because it is critical to manufacturing, health care delivery and transportation.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee and Director Science and Technology Promotion Department, Dr. Ekanem Udoh, assured the Minister that the committee will soon come with up with a workable template that would stand the test of time and meet the aspirations of Nigerians.