Manufacturers in Nigeria have been urged to leverage on the emergence of smart technologies and digital innovations to make their factories smarter and more functional as a way of increasing profitability.
To make this work, the manufacturers through their umbrella body, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), have also been encouraged to go into the production of smart phones and other computing devices in Nigeria.
Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, who gave credence to this in a remark he made during a meeting of MAN in Abuja said, “Emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, Industrial Internet of Thing, (IIoT), Automation and Robotic Technology would boost productivities, increase sales, improve efficiency, reduce cost and keep up with the increasingly sophisticated competition.”
Abdullahi highlighted the various opportunities provided by emerging cutting edge technologies like Internet of Things, (IoT); Artificial Intelligence, (AI); Robotic Technology saying, “Every manufacturer can increase his top-line revenue and lower his bottom line cost, as nearly everything we do in our business operations today are powered by digital technology.”
He said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has unveiled the concept of smart manufacturing, which rides on digital platforms as major boosts for a largely digital economy.
“For me, there is no reason why we cannot manufacture smart phones and peripheral in Nigeria. I want to appeal to you to focus on the manufacturing of computing devices and their peripheral”, he told the manufacturers.
The President of MAN, Mr. Ahmed Mansur he stated that the “Manufacturing sector especially those catering for the Nigerian market that is going to be confronted with the massive expansion of the market potential would have no alternative than to rethink the way they produce, supply and distribute their products.”
Mansur said this formed the reason behind the recent meeting held in Abuja.