NITDA urges MAN to utilize Smart Technology

Na’ankwat Dariem

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has advised Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), to utilize Smart technology for the country to become a player in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, gave  the advice at a Conference organised by the Association in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital with the theme “Digital Economy Campaign: Prospect and Industrial Connections”
The DG  noted  that these emerging technologies will make factories smarter and more functional with less human efforts.
“Emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, Industrial Internet of Thing, (IoT), Automation and Robotic Technology would boost productivities, increase sales, improve efficiency, reduce cost and keep up with the increasingly sophisticated competition, the DG noted.
Inuwa added that with the various opportunities provided by cutting edge technologies like Internet of Things, (IoT); Artificial Intelligence, (AI); Robotic Technology, manufacturers can increase their revenue base and reduce cost of production.
According to the DG, “nearly everything we do in our business operations today are powered by digital technology.”
While acknowledging that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has brought about the concept of smart manufacturing, digital platforms and digital economy, the NITDA boss noted that the difference between third and fourth industrial revolutions is the disruptive nature of the emerging technologies.
The DG urged MAN to consider the production of smart phones and other computing devices in Nigeria because of the market availability.
“Absolutely for me, there is no reason why we cannot manufacture smart phones and peripheral in Nigeria. I want to appeal to you to focus on the manufacturing of computing devices and their peripheral”, he said.
The President of MAN, Ahmed Mansur in his remark explained that the conference would enable the association learn new approaches to manufacturing which could result into market expansion.
“Manufacturing sector especially those catering for the Nigerian market that is going to be confronted with the massive expansion of the market potential would have no alternative than to rethink the way they produce, supply and distribute their products,” Mansur said.