April 19, 2024
Nigeria's AI Collaboration: Paving the Way for Innovation

Nigeria Embraces AI Collaboration: A Step Towards Technological Innovation

Nigeria has issued an invitation to scientists with Nigerian heritage and globally acclaimed experts who have engaged in the Nigerian market to collaborate on the development of its National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

Bosun Tijani, the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, announced on X (formerly Twitter) that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is spearheading the creation of the National AI Strategy.

This move will have a significant impact on how the government devises innovative technological solutions for its crucial national challenges. Consequently, the government is expanding its co-creation approach by assembling a panel of leading AI researchers of Nigerian descent from across the globe.

The Nigerian government recognizes the versatile nature of AI, which is reshaping production and services and holds the potential to drive societal advancement and economic growth. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers suggests that by 2030, artificial intelligence could contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy, with approximately $3 trillion attributed to enhanced productivity and $9.1 trillion arising from novel goods and services.

The minister’s post references a white paper titled “Co-creating a National Artificial Intelligence Strategy for Nigeria,” which explains how a sophisticated methodology was employed to identify accomplished AI researchers with Nigerian roots, utilizing worldwide AI publication data and advanced machine learning models.

A research index similar to the “h-index” was formulated to pinpoint influential AI researchers of Nigerian heritage. As the initial research phase nears its conclusion, the Nigerian government is seeking public engagement, recognizing the potential for mistakes, and aiming to harness collective knowledge and insights.

Reports from local media suggest that Kashifu Inuwa, the director-general of NITDA, has unveiled plans to establish communities of AI developers nationwide to shape the country’s technological future. He indicated that the initiative will commence in three states in 2023, followed by a strategic expansion to additional states and eventually encompassing all local government areas.

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