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Vice president, Product Management, Google, Alkali joshi (left), Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan- Chiazor, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Google Africa Scholars, Alabi Olusegun, and Adaobi Frank, at the second edition of Google for Nigeria in Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for collaboration to make Nigeria benefit in the emerging fourth industrial revolution.

He stated this yesterday in Lagos, while opening the second edition of the Google for Nigeria.

Osinbajo said the emerging revolution includes Blockchain, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Driverless car, and Augmented Realty.

He said these technologies would in future; dictate the pace of individual countries’ development.

He said Nigeria and indeed Africa must not be left behind in the development around these new technologies.

He explained that this century belongs to Africa, because the continent would play a decisive role in global development.

According to him: “If Africa fails, the global impact will be inevitable and if it succeeds, it is going to be phenomenon. So, we must work to ensure that Nigeria and other parts of Africa didn’t fail.”

The vice president disclosed that Africa is confronted with several challenges, but only technology can actually take it out of the woods.

He commended Google for the several initiatives that it had introduced into the country, including the new Google Station, which provides free WI-FI facilities across some states.

“We will be partnering Google and other technology providers to achieve the level of connectivity that would match the creativity of our people,” he said.

Osinbajo also revealed that the provision of human basics, such as healthcare and food might soon depend on technology.

According to him, government was keen on using technology to create jobs, improve health sector, expand transport industry and improve the lives of the citizens.

He revealed that Nigeria was working to deepen broadband penetration in the country, with an assurance that we shall serve everybody.

Osinbajo said Internet was enabling so many things, stressing that the country, and indeed Africa must work to connect the several underserved and unserved communities.

In her opening address, the Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, said technology is critical for the growth of the economy.

She added: “Africa’s digital was story evolving; adding that the continent should not be part of the fourth industrial revolution, but should lead it.”

Ehimuan-Chiazor, who revealed that Google is a decade in Africa, said that most of Africa’s biggest challenge would not be solved with old technologies, but new ones.

Speaking on content developers during the class training, Head of digital, The Guardian, Kola Akintola, said innovation was key to increasing revenue and sustain readers.

He added that innovating contents and website is what keeps traffic on the site.

Also, Google Senior Partner Manager, in charge of the publishing business in sub-Saharan Africa, David Steinacker said: “If you want to make money in Nigeria, have a fast mobile presence.”


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