The wife of Ondo State Governor, Her Excellency, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu -Akeredolu has reiterated the need for the country to catch up with modern day technology through advocacy.
She made the assertion while delivering a keynote address on the topic “Actualizing Technological Advancement in Nigeria Through Advocacy: The Task Ahead” at the Adekunle Ajasin Auditorium of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo where she received the National Outstanding Humanitarian Award by the National Association of Nigeria Polytechnic Students (NAPS) in recognition of her contributions towards human development.
The First Lady who revealed that the world has gradually shifted to technology -driven age challenged everyone to key into it, so as not to be left behind.
“The technological reality in our dear country, although not totally abysmal, has continuously been riddled with challenges and developmental gaps. After 58 years of independence, it is rather disheartening that Nigeria still largely depends on foreign nations for her various technological and industrial needs. Also, lack of sustainable technology transfer and subsequent mismanagement have led to the comatose or ineffectual operation of some of our industries, and oftentimes indigenous technologies are being relegated to the background.”
Mrs Akeredolu commended the present administration in the state for its technologically-driven efforts which according to her indicates the government’s sincerity of purpose and firm resolve to promoting good governance through technological transformation.
“Here in Ondo state, the technologically-driven efforts of the Akeredolu-led administration indicate this government’s sincerity of purpose and firm resolve to promoting good governance through technological transformation. With the establishment of the Akure Tech Hub -an attempt to support tech-based activities and start-ups- and the Ondo State Integrated Financial Management and Information System (SIFMIS) -which is aimed at promoting transparency, accountability and efficiency in public service- amongst others, the State is now poised to be a leading stakeholder on how Nigeria’s technological advancement can be made possible.”
In his address, the Acting Rector, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo Mr Adebola Ogundahunsi, he explained that there is a connect between technology and job creation world over and that the advancement of any country depends on the level of technology attained and utilized by such country.
Ogundahunsi commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his various developmental projects across the state.
Earlier in his speech, NAP National Director of Sports, Comrade Joseph Temitope while thanking the First Lady for her presence explained that the programme was designed to enlighten Nigeria students on self employment skills as tools for a new Nigeria where justice, rule of law and equity remain the priority.