The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, says the nation is retraining its professionals and artisans in new and emerging technologies in preparation for the next industrial revolution.
He said cutting-edge technologies or frontier technologies would shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the nation could not afford to be left behind.
He also said President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, (retd), had empowered the agency to lead the nation in the direction of a manufacturing economy.
In a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Information, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, Haruna said this on Monday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, at the training of 100 youths in “Modern Methods of Electrical Installations and maintenance.”
About 100 youths were shortlisted for training in modern methods of electrical installations and maintenance.
He said, “This training is therefore to familiarise the trainees not only on the current advances of the new and emerging technologies in electrical installations, repairs and maintenance, but also prepare and equip them and build adequate competencies to meet the challenges and opportunities of the development anticipated of the shape and nature of the next Industrial Revolution.
“The president has continued to empower NASENI to lead the nation in the direction of a manufacturing economy, and undoubtedly this type of skill development is a key prerequisite toward the development of a competent workforce for Nigeria. I urge the participants to utilise judiciously and guard jealously the expensive tools to be given to them at the end of this training as their start-up.”
The NASENI EVC said cutting-edge technologies or frontier technologies would shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the nation could not afford to be left behind.
He added, “These technologies include Artificial Intelligence; robotics; the Internet of Things; big data; block chain; additive manufacturing (3D Printing); autonomous vehicles; unmanned aerial vehicles, gene editing; 5G network; and even smart grid and agitations for wireless electricity. Every aspect of human endeavour, agriculture, health, industry, transport, hospitality etc all require electricity albeit well advanced electric energy.”
The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, who was represented by his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, thanked NASENI for the training.
He said the state was also committed to empowering the youth as part of its industrial development of the state.
He pleaded with the trainees not to sell their starter packs. “ I know some of you will sell your starter packs when you are broke. Avoid that temptation,” he said.