Nigeria in health and economic crises – VP Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday said Nigeria was going through one of the worst health and economic crises in history and only innovative ideas could make a difference.

The vice-president made the remarks at a virtual conference of the Centre for Lion Gadgets and Technologies organised by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka with the theme: “Technological Innovation for Holistic Sustainable Development.”

Osinbajo said Nigeria in a search of recovery must deploy a method it never saw and used to win fight.

“We are in one of the worst health and economic crises in living memory and our recovery must be innovative – we must employ never-before-seen methods to fight the never-before-seen plethora of issues before,” he said calling for technology and innovation matching world standards.

The vice-president’s spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande in a statement said the event also featured a virtual interaction between his principal and students from both the university and secondary school on UNN campus, emphasising the need for deployment of technology. Akande further said Nigeria’s hope lay in the ability of young ones thinking out of the box.

“Whether we are discussing the delivery of social services to vulnerable communities and promoting financial inclusion or we are talking about boosting agricultural productivity and promoting the security of our communities, how we harness technology is crucial.

“The future will be decided in groups such as yours, where young Nigerians are actively thinking about how to deploy technology in creative ways for problem-solving,” he added.

Osinbajo called for accessibility coupled with the inclusion of the poor and the vulnerable in the deployment of innovative ideas in Nigeria.

“In thinking about solutions to our developmental issues, we are expected to be both creative, relevant, and ingenious, which is what innovation is all about.

“But we must also be faithful stewards of our environment, we must be inclusive, innovation must be accessible to all especially the poor and vulnerable.

“So, innovating for sustainable development involves creating environmentally friendly low cost and contextually relevant technological solutions to our most pressing challenges,” he said.

Participants at the conference includes former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, the Most Rev. Paulinus Eze Okafor, among others.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa

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