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‘Why Africa Must Leverage Technology, Innovation To Remain Relevant’

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African leaders and policymakers have been advised to embrace technology and use it maximally to drive innovation to remain relevant in the scheme of development, growth and the scheme of things, especially, in academia.

Mubashiru Mohammed, President, Nigerian Association For Educational Administration And Planning ( NAEAP), Ojo Branch made this assertion in an exclusive interview with CIPPR, recently in his office, Faculty of Education of Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos.

Mohammed noted that for Africa to remain in the scheme of things, basically, academia, business, commerce and more, the leaders, policy makers as well as captains of Industry, must use technology to drive innovation, with the biggest focus on education.

According to him, today, everything we do, one must use technology. In banking, education, research and more, but, man must deplore how to use Technology effectively. Africa must not be left behind, to remain in the scheme of things, if it must develop and grow as well as compete with other developed continents.

Head, Educational Management, Faculty of Education was satisfied with the turnout, saying the seminar was well attended with about 55 participants from various institutions and organisations, which include LASU, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Lagos State Public Service, Ikeja, Local Education District and State Universal Basic Education Board(SUBEB), Lagos attending the 4-day seminar. He added that two papers were delivered at the programme.

“The papers at the event are presently undergoing peer review. Once the corrections are made, they would be published in the Journal of NAEAP. The Communique would equally be forwarded to the government and relevant authorities”, Muhammed posited.

On the next engagement of the association, Prof. Mohammed disclosed that the body was looking at hosting an international conference, next year. He said that the executives were already in touch with a university in Kenya.

“Once we get everything sorted, we would get back to our members and the international conference will be loud”, he said.
Meanwhile, at the end of the seminar, a communique was issued, based on policy advocacy, tied to the following 7-point agenda and recommended for all countries in Africa:

* In today’s world, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship are not mere additional factors of production, they have become the key factors of production

* Great countries are not known by their wealth or natural resources alone, but, by advancement in Science and Technology
* Education is the bedrock for economic transformation and technological development.

* Government should appropriate more funds to education sector and increase access to ICT infrastructure by providing the necessary facilities for digitalization of teaching and learning process at all levels of education.

* Business education curriculum should include digital literacy.

* Embracing ICT-Based teaching and learning to reduce the spread of traditional method of teaching and learning in Nigeria.

* Bringing up innovation such as E-library, internet facilities and stable electricity that will bring educational development closer to rural areas in Africa.

Conclusively, the conference agreed that man should control technology in the 21st Century.

Also, policy advocacy was made for the control and management of man and technology in the education sector in African countries in particular as well as the world at large.

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