Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria recently spoke on Robotics education being adopted in the country.
He said that Robotics Education if fully embraced and adopted will not increase the unemployment rate in the near future.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo admitted that Nigeria is “far behind in terms of general education,” he places equal emphasis on the need of youths and Nigeria to embrace robotics education for the country to reduce the gap in technological and scientific education obtainable in developed countries.
He made this statement while speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during a two-day robotics workshop jointly organized by the United States Consulate General, Lagos and RoboRAVE International, a US-based robotics education academy at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).
The workshop had over 300 participating students that were drawn from the five states of the federation which was held at OOPL, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Obasanjo emphasized for clarity sake that more jobs would be created if robotics education is well planned and embraced.
In his speech, while trying to express the fears of the people and assuring them that there was no need for such presumptions feelings, he said:
“Let me also comment on what has been the fears of the people. Here we have a problem of unemployment and people will say we need to create mass employment opportunities for our people.
“If you start introducing Robotics education then you will deny people employment opportunities. It will not be so. What will normally happen is that there would be jobs that would emanate from Robotics. The jobs would compensate what Robotics will take over.
“We have seen that through history. When a train came, people think there would be no way for road transportation. Same thing happened when the railway came. People also thought when the aeroplane came that railways and cars would not be useful. But, today’s roads are being constructed and yet we have not even done enough. Yet, airports have been built and enlarged.
“So, if we actually planned well, robots will have a place and other jobs will be created for our teeming population not only in Nigeria and Africa but also all over the World,” he stated.
He, however, encouraged the pupils to take advantage of this opportunity, stating that the robotics education is for the betterment of their future.
He added more, telling them to utilise their youthfulness unlike him that had not the opportunity when he was born.
He said: “Children, take it as a play, but at the same time, take it seriously because the play of today is the payoff tomorrow. And while you are still young and manageable, unlike me, even now, I am not computer literate yet because I was BBC (Born Before Computer),” the former president said.
The United States Consul General in Nigeria, F. John Bray in his own remarks, said that robotics education in Nigeria would help the country in providing global partnerships and economic development. He said also told them that the United States was deeply committed to supporting the country’s economic development.
He brings to light that many developed countries have based their continued economic growth on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Stating more that his Government would continue to support education.
He said: “This is the beginning of our efforts to support robotics education in Nigeria”.
“The question I was asked in Lagos was ‘why is the United States interested in supporting robotics education? How is this going to help Nigeria?
Thomas Debass, the Acting Special Representative captures a well-encompassing explanation:
“’ Because robotics touches on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), it can capture the imagination of children and young adults around the world and provide a platform for global partnerships and economic development”
He further explains that “Children who receive STEM education via robotics training will be better prepared to solve real-life problems with more creativity, critical thinking, and effective. These are the tools that they will need to compete effectively in the global economy”.
He equally urged the students by saying: “We know that around the world girls and women are under presented in both STEM and STEM careers. To the girls here, don’t give up. If this is your passion, pursue it”.
The United States Consul General in Nigeria, F. John Bray thereby disclosed that ROBORAVE would hold its first events next year in these states: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Ibadan. This would be done in order to expand access to robotics education in the country.
Google Celebrates Late Nigerian Doctor Stella Adadevoh
The popular technology company Google today celebrates the late Nigerian doctor, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh who ensured that the deadly Ebola virus did not gain wind in the country.
On Google Doodle today is a cartoon drawing to represent and celebrate Dr. Stella Adadevoh who would have turned 62 today. Doctor Stella was responsible for keeping the late Patrick Sawyer (the man who came to Nigeria with the virus) in quarantine despite pressures from both the Liberian government and the patient himself to let him go.
Doctor Stella Adadevoh later tested positive to the virus and passed on the 19th of August 2014.
GoogleAfrica takes to its Twitter page writing:
“Today our #Googledoodle celebrates the life of Stella Adadevoh, the Nigerian doctor, who helped stop the spread of Ebola in the country during the 2014 outbreak.”
— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) October 27, 2018
Anambra Teen-Girls Win Gold In World Technovation Challenge
5 female students from the Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra win gold at the ‘World Technovation Challenge 2018’.
The 5 teenage girls from Anambra state representing Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge which held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, USA, earn the Gold Medal in the contest.
The girls who defeated other huge competitors from the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China to clinch the gold medal are Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.
The girls currently in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ – to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.
The Technovation challenge involves inviting girls annually to identify a problem in their communities, challenging them to solve these problems by developing Andriod applications that will address such problems.
115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.
WhatsApp Takes Upgrade A Level Higher
The social media platform WhatsApp announces the launch of a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender.
WhatsApp is allegedly taking this move to curb the spread of fake news. The messaging application on Tuesday through its official blog released a statement addressing the upgrade.
In the statement, the platform, owned by Facebook, said:
“Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive, have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow, it also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.
“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone. WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety.
“We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”
The social media platform in recent times, replied a notice by the Indian government to take immediate measures to prevent misuse of its platform. It said that the platform was testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded.
Saying, “this could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages. Because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumor from someone else.”
The company also announced in June an “unrestricted monetary awards” for research on the spread of misinformation on its platform to address the problem.