The Provost Nigerian Air force Institute of Technology,Kaduna,Professor Emmanuel Ezeugwu has said
that Nigeria will not miss the fourth industrial revolution(Digital revolution).
Speaking at the Nsukka Professional Association(NPA)annual summit held at Wheatbaker Hotel ,Ikoyi,Lagos recently he said development in the military and ICT circles indicate that the nation will keep in step with developments across the world.
NPA president,Mr Charles Nwodo in his welcome address posited that the theme of the summit:”Positioning for a post Oil Economy” was aimed at ensuring that the nation is prepared for the digital revolution and the emerging era of electric cars which will make oil and gas less vital commodities.
He promised that NPA will take the consensus reached at the event to public office holders and other institutions at the local,states and federal levels in order to ensure that they factor on the policy levels of governance in our land,saying that NPA will also see it can be implemented in Nsukka via direct action of his association.
Other dignitaries at the event namelyLeo Stan Eke represented by Engr George Agu,Chairman Business Section of NBA, Ndidi Nwuneli,Founder,Leap Africa,Prof Fabian Ajagwu of the Atlantic University,Dr Boniface Chizea, CEO BIC Consulting Servicesand Ike Chioke,CEO Afrinvest WA and others.While Nwuneli harped on the need for us to focus on Agriculture and education as low hanging fruits we can leverage on for our development,Prof Ajagwu stressed the issue of human capital development and ICT as very vital if Nigeria is to survive in this era of electric cars and digitisation.
According to him the only way for the country to do well without over dependence on oil is to diversify the economy .
PROF Ezeugwu posited that although Nigeria will not miss the fourth industrial revolution ,he does not expect us to be ahead of the game unless we transform our educational structure in such a way that it takes cognisance of modern developments,saying that Nigeria needs to revolutionise her education infrastructure to move ahead of the game and catch up with other first world nations.
Nwuneli had earlier advised the business men and women from the South -East to end the era of one -man business and join the bandwagon for big business in order to ensure that their businesses out live them,maintaining that this is critical to the development of the country and the South-East in particular.She said the era of competition should give way to cooperation so that we can all grow together instead of allowing “crab mentality” to continue to kill our businesses in their prime without effective succession.
Engr Agu urged Nsukka people to tap into their natural endowments to develop their capacities and their parts of the country in the overal interest of their people,saying the natural positive inclinations of the people could be developed to enhance their business and profession etc.