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We have identified over 6,000 Nigerian AI researchers – Bosun Tijani 

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The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, has said that the Ministry in its bid to make Nigeria a global leader in Artificial Intelligence, has identified over 6,000 AI researchers who are of Nigerian descent and based in several parts of the world.  

The Minister disclosed this at the Zenith Bank Tech Fair 2023 in Lagos. According to him, these researchers will be instrumental to the country’s new drive to deploy AI in every sector of the economy and for job creation.  

He added that the goal of the Ministry is to use AI to enhance productivity through the deployment of smart infrastructure.

The Minister had earlier in August, via a post on Twitter, asked Nigerians to recommend any AI researchers of Nigerian descent to join the country in co-creating a National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy. 

Explaining how the Ministry was able to identify the over 6,000 Nigerian AI researchers spread all over the globe, the Minister said:  

Highlighting other areas the government is driving the development of AI, the Ministry is building a global AI workforce for Nigeria. According to him, the Ministry is actively supporting any company that wants to prioritize creating AI jobs locally.  

He said the government would also be announcing 45 startups selected for empowerment under its AI Research Scheme before the end of this year. 

Through the scheme plans to award N5 million each to 45 startups and researchers focusing on AI. 

 

 

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