The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna on Thursday asked Nigeria to support efforts to embrace Next Production Revolution (NPR) trend.
He said the benefits of NPR were increased production efficiency in the use of materials in industry.
A statement by the spokesman of NASENI, Mr. Segun Ayeoyenikan said Haruna made the suggestion during the Nigeria Country Day event organised by Emerging African Innovation Leaders (EAIL) at the Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State.
He said the advanced world must not leave Nigeria behind in embracing the next production revolution which ultimate aim is to make production efficiency, cheaper products and to explore more manufacturing possibilities.
He said: “Production techniques like Artificial intelligence (AI), Advanced Robotics, Data driven production and internet of all things amongst others are the next production revolution which make products more competitive.
“The lack of application of these technologies makes most African products lose market share because they still use conventional production methods.
The Emerging African Innovation Leaders (EAIL) efforts to create awareness in next production revolution in Africa are being funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC).
The countries included in the pilot projects for promotion of the revolution are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tunisia, and Niger.
The programme is designed to promote Africa embracement of NPR by sharing comprehensive understanding of innovation dynamics and sustainable solutions.
NASENI is at the forefront of use of next production revolution technique which has assisted the Agency to produce the Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) and the Electronic E-voting which were successfully launched in 2018
Source: The Nation