Federal Government has been urged to empower specialized institutions to play a critical role as drivers of research, innovation, business, entrepreneurship and technology.
President of Digital Bridge Institute Abuja, Professor Mohammed Ajiya made the call at the maiden edition of a public lecture organised by the Airforce Institute of Technology-AFIT, Kaduna State.
Professor Mohammed Ajiya explained that creative engagements between Universities, Industries and their host communities are vital for creating a suitable ecosystem for facilitating steady entrepreneurial activities within local and international markets.
He pointed out that institutions are recognised for promoting the diversity of ideas and critical thinking, to always advance the frontiers of human knowledge.
Professor Ajiya therefore called on Universities to intensify effort to develop sufficient skilled human capital required for driving the digital economy and thus, achieve the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu.
Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant of the AFIT, Air Vice Marshal Sani Labaran Rabe explained that the lecture was conceived in line with President Bola Tinubu’s vision to generate technical talents aimed at facilitating job creation for the teeming youths.
He noted that the AFIT has the capacity and competence to contribute meaningfully to the actualization of Mr President’s vision.
Air Vice Marshal Rabe disclosed that AFIT’s continuous success at competitions is a testament to the institution’s unwavering commitment to fostering creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills among it’s students.
The Digital Bridge Institute was established in May 2004 by the Nigerian Communications Commission-NCC to foster the rapid development and growth of the Nigerian Technology Ecosystem, and mitigate significant vulnerability that shortage of human resources could pose.
The lecture drew participants from tertiary institutions as well as Commanders and Commandants of various military and para-military formations within Kaduna State.
The theme of the lecture is: “Leveraging Technology Capacity To Achieve The Renewed Hope Agenda”