A not-for-profit foundation based in Africa has promised to build 5 laboratories where blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, animation, and some other millennium technological ideas are to be taught.
The Bridgewater Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in Nigeria said it will invest N300m in building innovation laboratories in the nook and cranny of Ekiti State to keep around 20,000 youths abreast of trends in artificial intelligence, animation, and blockchain, among other ideas capable of increasing their employability skills.
At a marathon tagged ‘Ekiti Marathon for youths’ held at Oye Local Government of the state, the President of Bridgewater Foundation, Segun Oke, pointed that that youths need to be carried along as the world shifts to digital economy.
Oke was happy the blockchain lab would open youths across the state to myriads of opportunity, pointing that Ekiti youth will have the advantage of being among the movers and shakers of the growing global entrepreneurship and innovation ideas that the labor world requires.
The idea, once launched, will empower youths across primary and secondary with innovative technology capable of bringing them to the front of the world.
“For us, this is important, because as the challenges of the world is getting bigger, the only way we can create wealth is to go digital,” Nigeria’s mainstream media firm Guardian quoted the president of the foundation as saying.
At the moment, Nigeria still does not have any regulatory procedure for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. However, Nigeria custom services make use of blockchain technology for keeping day to day records.
The country’s new minister of Communication Dr. Isa Ali Pantami made known his interest in blockchain technology when he was the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Now that Pantami is a Minister in the country, there’s hope blockchain technology would be recognized.