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Business News of Tuesday, 29 August 2023


'Please share their contacts' - FG in search of Nigerian researchers to develop national AI strategy

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The Federal Government is searching for the most brilliant researchers and experts in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field.

The minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, disclosed this on Monday, August 28, in a white paper shared via X, formerly Twitter.

According to him, the selected individuals will help the country create its National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

Therefore, Tijani called on Nigerians to share details of any top researchers both at home and abroad they know, the Guardian reports.

In the Whitepaper, the minister said: “We’re curating a list of the top researchers of Nigerian descent from all over the world to join us in co-creating a National AI Strategy. The strategy will help shape our approach to building innovative tech solutions to our most pressing national problems.

“If there are any researchers you know, Nigerian and non-Nigerian, who have done some work on the Nigerian market, please share in the comments.”

Details from the whitepaper showed that the government believes that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a transformative technology for social and economic progress.

Part of the paper reads: “A National Al Strategy for Nigeria to responsibly steer the Al revolution towards achieving national goals around job creation, social inclusion, and sustainable development becomes imperative.

"With collaborative leadership, Nigeria seeks to pioneer ethical and inclusive Al innovation that improves welfare and expands opportunities for all its citizens."