The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, William Nwankwo, has stated that technology is no longer for Africans but a fundamental right.

Nwankwo, who was represented by the Director of Information and Communication Technology, Samuel Okoye, at the maiden Global Tech Africa summit in Lagos recently, said the summit was a pathway for embarking on a journey to explore the immense opportunities that lie at the intersection of innovation, technology, and human progress.

He said, “Today, we stand on the precipice of a transformative journey—one that will redefine the future of Africa and her people, and I believe with this kind of summit, which has congregated some of the best minds in the industry, we will shape a destiny where access to technology is no longer a privilege but a fundamental right for all Africans.”

Also speaking at the summit, which was an initiative of the Future Map Foundation and Ascend Studios Foundation, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa, noted that Africa was blessed with abundant talent capable of spearheading a revolution in the tech industry.

He said, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about talent and technology. In Africa, we have the talent. The developed world has the technology. Technology will not work without talent; therefore, they need us to develop the technology while we need the technology to boost our economy.”

The United States Consul General in Nigeria, Will Stevens, said the United States was excited to partner with Nigeria in its quest to revolutionise its tech ecosystem to create value and employment opportunities.

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