BY LAJA THOMAS
The pace of innovation has grown faster than previously imagined. With human manual effort giving way to more advanced and precise technologies, the future of commerce, science, banking, telecommunications, entertainment, education and even government will be driven by digital technologies.
Evidence of that future is located in the innumerable mobile apps, continuous research into our mode of transportation and many digital resources that can predict weather conditions and ensure we make transactions within the comfort of our locations—home, work, or at leisure.
Responsible governments worldwide are working hard daily, devoting more financial and human resources to ensuring that youth populations are brought up to speed with the slightest discoveries in micro-chips – the essential brains of the computer system.
The belief here is that if the young generation are given the right exposure to daily advancements in sciences and technology, they will be able to adapt to global changes, subscribe to scientific details and improve on them to help their respective nations build the necessary competitive edges to remain relevant.
In Nigeria, there is a human-capital-building initiatives currently running in the country. The initiative, meant to introduce Nigeria’s youth population to technological advancements, latest mobile apps, intricacies of social networks and familiarise them with elements of technological researches and original inventors, is the brain-child of the nation’s largest mobile telecommunications network service provider, MTN and it is called Education Tour Bus. Essentially, the campaign aims to build the passion for creativity and sustain government and corporate effort towards innovation among Nigerians, especially the young generations.
From Lagos to Ibadan, Akure, Ado-Ekiti, Ile-Ife and Abuja, the campaign has already helped over 2,000 youths gain insight into the latest digital advancement, mobile telecommunications services and social network operations. Participants range from elementary school pupils to secondary school students and undergraduates from Nigerian universities. Frequently, trendy adults have also been part of the campaign, craving digital enlightenment.
With a state-of-the-art digitally-equipped facility, the MTN Education Tour Bus travels around Nigeria, taking people onboard, at strategic locations and enlightening them, via audio-visual technological equipment while providing entertainment to the participants that flock to its locations.
According to Okundola Bamgboye, MTN’s Event and Sponsorship Manager, ‘Because of the imperative of digital education and its relevance to our collective aspiration, as a nation, MTN is using its Educational Tour Bus to enlighten Nigerians, especially youths, about the latest global development in that area’.
Moreover, participants have been showering encomium on MTN.
Opeyemi Fiyinfoluwa, a student and beneficiary of the Educational Tour Bus digital enlightenment, in Akure, admitted the relevance of the initiative to fostering youth capacity-building and attaining their aspirations.
For her, “what MTN has done is to open our eyes to possibilities, which I think are endless and really vital for us to bring Nigeria at par with the technologically-advanced countries.”
Also, the digital age has allowed rapid global communications and networking to shape modern society.
Considering the ambition of Nigeria to become one of the world’s largest economies, in the next seven years, with regards to the core concern and focus of Vision 20:20,
ICT companies, most especially MTN Nigeria, are ensuring that Nigerians keep pace with other developed nations in the world, through its digital innovation.
With a huge premium placed on innovation, MTN Nigeria is making sure it takes Nigerians into a whole new digital world.