How to improve service delivery with the advancement in technology was the focus of discussions at the fourth biennial lecture of the African Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS) of the University of Ibadan (UI)
The event with the theme: Africa’s footprints in the digital age, hosted the co-founder of Wennovation Hub, Nigeria, Idris Ayodeji Bello, who observed that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) had not been fully incorporated in Africa’s education curriculum.
Bello said most African countries had not explored technological innovation and digital tools to create job opportunities and reduce poverty in their communities, noting that it was time developing countries created a new curriculum that would reflect the culture of education in modern times.
He said: “African countries are already at the forefronts of harnessing the potentials of digital technologies. What the continent needs to do is to equip a new generation of young people with ICT skills which will help them create the future they desire.
“This can only be possible when government support start-up innovators and tech entrepreneurs with a grant that would help them create the solution to contemporary challenges. The university administrators must also do away with outdated curriculum and decide on working hand-in-hand with technology hub innovators to train the new generation of tech-savvy youths that would create the needed growth.”
Bello pointed out the need for the youth to leverage the use of technology for educational researches and innovation, instead of getting distracted by the use of social media.
He said: “Our youths need to be meticulous in their engagements with the technology tools. Instead of facilitating knowledge through researches, the use of social media like WhatsApp, Twitter has posed unpleasant distractions for them. They must engage these technology platforms productively.”
Prof Wole Olatokun, the Director of ARCIS, in his remarks, said the centre had trained over 5,000 manpower in ICT research, networking, content creation and advisory services in the last 27 years, adding that it would continue to live up to its mandate by playing good roles in promoting academic excellence and research.
Guests at the event included the former UI Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Ayodele Falase, represented by his wife, Dr Odelola, former Director sof ARCIS, Prof Wilson Aiyepekun and Prof M.A. Tiamiyu, and Dr Ganiyu Adeniran, among others.
Bello was honoured with an Award of Excellence during the event.