AI technologies to bring more opportunities in Nigeria: official


LAGOS, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have the potential to open up tremendous opportunities for access to information in Nigeria as well as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda, an official said Tuesday.

Speaking at a forum in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, in commemoration of International Day for Universal Access to Information, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa, director-general of the National Informational Technology Development Agency (NITDA), said AI applications enable innovative solutions, improved risk assessment, better planning, and faster knowledge sharing.

He added that as AI transforms lives at breakneck speed, and it presents countless avenues for access to information, intelligence gathering, sharing, security, and privacy.

"Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive, and impart information. Access to information is more and more recognized as a prerequisite for sustainable development and for claiming human rights," he added.

"Artificial Intelligence is poised to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives, from governance to business, legislation to medicine to defense, etc. We can all agree that AI is humanity's new frontier," the official told his audience.

AI and associated emerging technologies will completely enhance the speed, efficiency, and effectiveness of information gathering during the exchange of data or the ways of communication, said Inuwa.

Early this month, the Nigerian government said it was set to establish a center for artificial intelligence and robotics to achieve a robust digital economy.

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