𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗚 𝗡𝗜𝗚𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗𝗘 𝗦𝗢𝗟𝗨𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗜𝗚𝗡𝗜𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗔𝗡𝗧 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗕𝗟𝗘𝗠𝗦 𝗜𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 – 𝗢𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗕𝗔𝗝𝗢
*𝑉𝑃 𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑁𝑖𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑇𝑒𝑐𝒉𝑛𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦 & 𝑀𝑎𝑛𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑆𝑐𝒉𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑚𝑚𝑒 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑠𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝒉𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘, 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑦 𝑘𝑒𝑦
*𝐴𝑑𝑑𝑠: 𝐺𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑-𝑏𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝑒𝑐𝒉𝑛𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦 𝑜𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑐𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝒉𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙-𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒
*𝑈𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐, 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠
Effective collaboration between the public and private sector to build world class institutions focused on innovation in science, technology and management sciences, would help proffer solutions to the country’s challenges through its academic products, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this today in his keynote address to the founding class (2021) of the Nigerian University of Technology and Management (NUTM), a top notch school of innovation and technology focused on nurturing leaders in Nigeria and Africa, promoted by Dr. Okey Enelamah, immediate past Industry, Trade & Investment Minister.
According to the Vice President, “the most significant problems of this generation, especially in Africa, will require innovation in science, technology and the management sciences, especially entrepreneurship and innovative leadership, if we are to stand a chance of resolving them.”
Speaking at the institution’s maiden graduation ceremony of its flagship Scholars Programme, the Vice President noted that the graduands of the NUTM programme have what it takes to be among those who would in the future provide solutions to national and global challenges in different sectors.
He said, “I think sitting before us today, the graduands of the NUTM Scholars Programme, we might just be beholding the men and women with the answers to some of the world’s most significant challenges. And there are many challenges indeed.
“We need to invent and produce cutting-edge AI applications for education, business, medicine and security. We need to design the educational innovation required to train millions of children in or out of classrooms all across the country and on our continent, and provide the techniques for delivering opportunities in technology on scale.”
Prof. Osinbajo added that, “clearly in Agriculture, we need to invent advanced devices, precision agriculture methodologies, and robotic systems that will guarantee the huge yields per acreage or volumes in dairy and livestock to meet the food security needs of a country headed for the third position in global population size in a few short years.
“And we are waiting for the breakthrough in the treatment of peculiar African health challenges such as sickle cell disease, fibroids and cancers. There is so much to do. But we know that ground-breaking innovation in technology or commerce will always be the product of the work of well-trained people.
“Which is why the NUTM Scholars Programme was designed to offer cutting-edge knowledge in Technology, Entrepreneurship and Design; Management; Perspectives in breakthrough Leadership ideas, Critical thinking and Writing.”
According to him, the goal of the University ” is to train and equip highly sophisticated crack technology, innovation and management experts. You are the first cut of that dream team. And we are holding our breath waiting for you to step into your destined roles.”
Encouraging the students to make good use of the knowledge they got from the institution, the Vice President gave three take aways.
He said, “first, every major innovative breakthrough in science, technology or the social sciences was the product of patient collaborative work, sometimes across nations. There is no innovation yet around the hard and, sometimes, long task of creating rare value.
“Second the reason why most people will never attain significance is because they are only interested in themselves and their personal successes. But to earn significance one must do something much bigger than oneself, a big idea, a massive game changer should always be your target .
“Third is developing a mind-set that you are as good as anyone who has ever developed a game changing idea. Problem solving innovators are, after all, men and women not spirits. And this is important because the way not to achieve is to have a mind that is incapable of seeing huge things.”
While commending the founders, management and academics of the NUTM for the great work, Prof. Osinbajo encouraged the graduands that “those who built Dubai are men and women, not spirits.”
In his welcome remarks, Dr. Enelamah, who is also the Chairman, Governing Board of the University, thanked the Vice President for taking time out of his very busy schedule to attend the event.
He added that the Nigerian University of Technology and Management is a pioneering higher education institution that has been established to nurture leaders and innovators to create impact in Africa and other parts of the world.
𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑨𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂 & 𝑷𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚,
𝑶𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑽𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕.
*18th September, 2021*
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