By Ese Awhotu
Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to cooperate in the area of solar energy and Artificial Intelligence for the mutual benefits of both countries.
This was the outcome of a meeting held on Monday in Abuja between the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria, Fahad Al Taffaq Obeid Mohammed.
Dr. Onu said the ministry is working hard to develop Artificial Intelligence through one of its agencies, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, (NASENI) and would seek to collaborate with the UAE to achieve landmark success in this field.
According to the Minister in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, signed by AbdulGaniyu Aminu, Head, Press and Public Relations Federal Ministry of Sciencd and Technology, the Federal government is exploiting the advantage of her geographical position along the equator to harvest abundant solar energy to provide energy to rural areas and stimulate the nation’s economy.
He commended the UAE for diversifying its economy away from oil, adding Nigeria was also embarking on economic diversification with emphasis on knowledge and innovation driven options.
Dr. Onu said he was optimistic that Nigeria will in the nearest future be the industrial hub of Africa
Earlier, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria Mr. Fahad Al Taffaq Obeid Mohammed, had stressed the need for technological cooperation between the two countries, especially in the area of Artificial Intelligence for mutual benefit of both countries.