Change mantra not mere rhetorics – Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday the administration’s change mantra and policies are not mere rhetorics.
He said the administration embraced a comprehensive and holistic approach to address the myriads of challenges confronting the country.
Osinbajo explained that besides the challenge of economic diversification, the country is also grappling with problem of infrastructural deficit.
The acting President, who spoke while declaring open the Smart City Summit organised by the Federal Ministry of Communications in conjunction with other stakeholders at the Transcop Hotel, Abuja, said the key to Nigeria’s future prosperity lies in ICT.
He said: “The Federal Government has big plans for the Nigerian ICT ecosystem. There is unrealized ability in other assets the nation possesses besides oil, which are capable of growth and development that can generate surplus, one of such is ICT.
“ICT can lead grand expansion of the economy that is needed to provide opportunities and benefits to many Nigerians. The key to change and our future prosperity lies in leveraging ICT in its entire ramification.
“The federal government plans to establish innovation hubs across the country. In partnership with several major technology companies, the technology hubs will be fully resourced with infrastructure and capacity building tools.
“Each hub will be designed to produce relevant innovative technology solutions to a wide range of business, commercial and government problems. Government intends to create a reservoir of human capacity in technology that can be exported internationally.”
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu said government plans to encourage innovative technologies to spearhead Smart domestic production, Smart Agriculture, Smart e-government and Health delivery, Smart Mobility, Smart Energy and Environment, Smart policing, and indeed Smart cities.