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Robots can’t take over jobs in Nigeria – Chief Obasanjo

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Former President of Nigeria,  Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has allayed the fears of Nigerians who thought robots might soon take over their jobs, given how robots now perform certain jobs in some advanced countries.

He noted that robotics education would not in any way escalate unemployment rate in Nigeria, rather, he argued that more jobs would be created if robotics education was well planned and embraced.

Obasanjo spoke on Friday in his opening remark at the robotics workshop jointly organised by the Public Affairs section of the United States Consulate General, Lagos and RoboRAVE International, a US-based robotics education academy.

He said though Nigeria “is still far behind in terms of general education,” the introduction of robotics education to pupils and students was commendable.

He urged the schools and pupils that are beneficiaries of the initiative to embrace robotics education in order to close the gap in technological and scientific education obtainable in developed nations.

He said, “Here, we have the problem of unemployment and people would say we need to create mass employment opportunities for our people. Many believe if you start introducing robotics education then you will deny people employment opportunities. It is not so. What will normally happen is that there would be jobs that would emanate from robotics. The jobs would compensate what robotics will take over.

“We have seen that through history. When the train came, people thought there would be no way for road transportation. People also thought when aeroplanes came that railways and cars would not be useful. But, today roads are being constructed and we have not even done enough. Yet, airports are being built and enlarged.”

He urged the pupils to take advantage of the robotics education to better their future.

The United States Consul General in Lagos, John Bray, said robotics education would help the country in providing global partnerships and economic development, adding that about 200 Nigerian students were undergoing training on robotics in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

He said the training was the first in Sub-Saharan Africa and that 60 robots would be donated free of charge to the participating schools. He added that the training would motivate them to pursue disciplines in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which he said many developed countries based their continued economic growth on.

Bray said the consulate would continue to support education, adding that, “This is the beginning of our efforts to support robotics education in Nigeria.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

 

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WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari

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WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari

Governor Willie Obiano

Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy all diplomatic moves to ensure Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerge as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Obiano urged President Buhari not to allow US President Donald Trump to frustrate Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence.

Obiano said this in a statement titled, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President Buhari and African leaders to step up diplomatic offensive’, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in Awka, on Thursday.

Also Read: WTO: Gov Ikpeazu Drums Support For Okonjo-Iweala’s Appointment

He asked Buhari to mobilise African and European Union leaders to back Okonjo-Iweala.

“All that is needed is a great diplomatic offensive before the formal announcement of the winner on November 9,” he said.

“The people and government of Anambra State, therefore, call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to immediately set in motion the machinery to get the United States to do the right thing by supporting the most qualified and the most popular candidate,” p[art of the statement read.

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BREAKING: Lagos Panel Of Enquiry Visits Lekki Toll Gate

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BREAKING: Lagos Panel Of Enquiry Visits Lekki Toll Gate

Lekki Toll Gate

As the hearing of cases of police brutality in the State continues, the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry is currently at the Lekki Tollgate.

The panel’s visit is believed to be aimed at understanding the Lekki Toll Gate shooting that left some protesters dead and injured on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

The panel is reportedly led by the Chairman, Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi.

Also Read: Fani-Kayode Slams Fashola Over Discovery Of Hidden Camera At Lekki Toll Gate

According to reports, the panel is interrogating Lekki Tollgate officials about the condition of their cameras and other equipment.

The Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company, Mr. Yomi Omomuwansa reportedly took the panel round the facilities.

Mr. Omomuuwansa stated that most of their equipment were damaged as they were set ablaze by hoodlums following the shooting of EndSARS protesters at the toll gate.

Also with the panel during the inspection of Lekki Tollgate is Rinu Odulala and Temitope Majekodunmi, the youth representatives on the judicial panel.

 

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BREAKING: IGP Replies Amnesty, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot #EndSARS Protesters

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BREAKING: IGP Replies Amnesty, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot #EndSARS Protesters

IGP Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has denied reports by global rights organisation, Amnesty International, that police officer shot at #EndSARS protesters.

The Police chief expressed that Amnesty’s report of October 21, 2020, that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters as “untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidence.”

This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘EndSARS Protests: Police Personnel Were Professional And Exercised Maximum Restraints – IGP Tells Amnesty Int’l’.

Also Read: Buhari Phones Oba Of Lagos On His Birthday

Adamu explained that contrary to reports, police officers “acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.”

He revealed that 22 police officers died during the protests, while 205 police stations and formations were damaged by a section of the protesters.

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