Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has assured of federal government support to collaborate and partner with technology hubs in the country to develop policy and improve on commerce.
Osinbajo stated this in a chat with newsmen at Co-Creation Hub, Yaba, Lagos State, during his visit to ICT/Innovation hubs and companies in the state on Tuesday.
According to the Vice President, technology is the future, and as such, important to partner with tech hubs in order to be able to create the kind of environment that makes it possible for commerce to develop.
His words: “We are doing some work in partnership with Civic Hub in Abuja. We are doing some with the Humanitarian Hub in the North East, where we are focusing on the humanitarian challenges in the North East of Nigeria, and creating technology and innovation that could be helpful in solving some of their problems.
“We also have a Climate Change Hub in collaboration with the Lagos Business School. And, of course, we intend to collaborate and partner with Co-Creation Hub and several other hubs.”
“What we really need to do is to partner and to work hand in hand with them so that we help in whatever way, in whatever difficulty that they have. In some case, it might be credit; in some others, it may just be in creating and ensuring the right policy.
“So, on one of the things that we are trying to do is to set up a council of sorts. Already, we have an industrial and competitiveness council. We want to look at doing one for technology and for innovation as well so that we bring in some of the key players and thinkers around technology working with government and government officials to develop policy and various ways we can help them to do what they are doing better,” the Vice President added.
The Vice President, in his charge to existing and potential tech developers in the country, advised that the way to keep ahead of anyone else is by increasingly innovative and by finding newer ways of doing things better.
“My advice is that the only way to keep ahead is by ensuring that you are ahead in terms of innovations and technology. From what I’ve seen here today, it is obvious that these guys do not have any plans to rest on their oars, as they say. They certainly intend to keep ahead.
“I’m excited to say that the advice they need is the advice they’ve already taken. I hope that when we come back to see them, what we see here would be much more advanced than what we are seeing here today,” the Vice President said.