The Federal Government is proposing to establish an agency that would focus on robotics and Artificial Intelligence. When established the agency will help to improve the quality of research in the nation’s universities and Industrial laboratories.  

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this when he received a delegation of the Academy of Science in his office on Monday in Abuja.

Dr. Onu stated that the Academy of Science, is well-placed to advise the Federal Government on issues bordering on Science, Technology and Innovation.   

He stated that it was high time Nigeria, takes its place among the leading nations of the world in terms of Science, Technology and Innovation. he stated further the advantages of Executive Order 5, which would place Nigerian professionals at the core of the nation’s development.

Dr. Onu laid emphasis on commercialization of ideas and innovations, as being critical to turning around the economic fortunes of the nation. In his words “ideas are very important when they are converted to products and services. This in turn will help grow the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

While praising the Academy for contributing to the study of the Atlantic Ocean, Dr. Onu appealed to it to help the ministry have a better understanding of the complex problems confronting the nation.

He assured the Academy of Science of the continuous support of the Ministry and urged it to work closely with other academies namely; The Academy of Humanity and Social Sciences, Academy of letters and the Academy of Education, as this is in the best interest of the nation.   

Earlier the President of the Academy, Prof. Onuoha urged the Ministry to support the Academy in research on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, which are current technological trends in the world.

He thanked the Ministry for its past assistance and called for more profitable collaboration between both parties in the future.

In his contribution, Dr. Kehinde Oladipo, a fellow of the Institute, said that Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, are the technology in vogue which needed to be embraced by all and sundry so as to remain relevant in the current technological revolution sweeping the world.

Dr. Oladipo further said that Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence are the new engine of growth in the present world.