Abuja - Gideon Adogbo, Advisor and Special
Assistant in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Nigerian Presidency,
has emphasised the need for increased development of infrastructure for
information communication technology (ICT) to empower Africa's youth.
Speaking in Pretoria, South Africa at the annual Senior
Experts Dialogue (SED)on Science, Technology and the African Transformation
Agenda, he told experts and representatives of member states attending that
without investing in the youth, Africa would lag behind in the ICT arena.
Adogbo said Nigeria was playing its with youth among the 152
million Nigerians connected to the internet through their GSM phones thus
creating huge opportunities for innovators.
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“Innovation must be turned into money or should help cities
save money,” he said on Friday.
Experts from 21 African countries are attending the SED
SED 2016 seeks to identify key elements and issues, based on
local experiences, that African governments, along with their international
development partners, can take into account in formulating action plans to turn
their cities from manufacturing and trade hubs into innovation hubs and
The event is expected to produce a policymaker's guide and
recommendations for consideration and adoption by African governments.
- CAJ News