The Director-General, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Inuwa, has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to advancing the research of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Inuwa who said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday by the agency’s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, noted that the agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) is to elevate the country’s AI research ranking and foster digital literacy and talent development.
He underscored the need for a collaboration framework to fund research as well as the government’s efforts in nurturing a vibrant innovation ecosystem.
Inuwa said the agency’s subsidiary, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics was open 24 hours a day to guide, nurture and support start-ups through the journey of conceptualizing ideas through to impact and commercialization.
“There is a positive correlation between government investment and advancements in AI, and it is projected to have a market value which is surpassing 190 billion dollars by 2025.”
“The government has done direct investment in research and development, establishment of collaborative ecosystems, formulation of policies and regulations, fostering international collaboration and supporting education and workforce development,” the director-general said.