President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said Nigeria is on its way to a technology revolution.
Buhari made the remark during his address at the US/Africa business forum in New York stating there were a lot of talented young Nigerians in the digital space.
He said, “Young Nigerians are increasingly demonstrating that they have the talent and the passion to leverage the digital economy for solving our most pressing challenges. We are seeing a lot of activity in that space, and not just in Lagos, but even in cities further afield, from Uyo to Abuja.
“I can confidently say that Nigeria is in the early stages of a domestic technology revolution, and the government is paying serious attention and offering its full support.
“Three weeks ago I hosted Mark Zuckerberg, the Founder and CEO of Facebook, which is now used regularly by 17 million Nigerians, more people than in any other country in Africa.
“A few months ago Mr. Zuckerberg invested $24 million in Andela, a technology company that has Iyin Aboyeji, a 25-year-old Nigerian as one of its co-founders, and maintains its main campus in the city of Lagos. On the same day that Mr. Zuckerberg visited I also welcomed and interacted with 30 of the most exciting technology startups in the country; among whom lie tomorrow’s billion-dollar corporations,” Buhari said.
Buhari also said his government had done well on its promises concerning security, corruption and the economy.
He said his government was focused on giving priority to infrastructure, industry, agriculture, mining and the digital economy.
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