The director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has advised Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN) to leverage on Smart technology in order for the country to be a player in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. he made this recommendation recently while delivering his address as the Special Guest at a Conference organized by the Association with the theme “Digital Economy Campaign: Prospect and Industrial Connections”
According to the DG, with the various opportunities provided by the present day’s cutting edge technologies like Internet of Things, (IoT); Artificial Intelligence, (AI); Robotic Technology “every manufacturer can increase his top line revenue and lower his bottom line cost.” Adding that nearly everything we do in our business operators today are powered by digital technology.
He noted that these emerging technologies will make factories smarter and more functional without or less human intervention. He said, “Emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, Industrial Internet of Thing, (IoT), Automation and Robotic Technology would boost productivities, increase sales, improve efficiency, reduce cost and keep up with the increasingly sophisticated competition, the DG noted.
Going by the introduction of the concept of smart manufacturing by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the digital platforms and digital economy, the NITDA boss noted that the difference between third and fourth industrial revolutions is the disruptive nature of the emerging technologies.
He encouraged MAN members to consider the production of smart phones and other computing devices in Nigeria because of the market availability.