By Stellamaris Ashinze
Lagos, Jan. 7, 2021 Some Industrial Robotics experts on Thursday called for its quick adoption and development in Nigeria to enhance productivity of goods and services.
They made the call at a webinar seminar organised by a Germany-based Universal Basic Academy (DKR) with the theme: “Unlock the Power of Industrial Robotics’’.
In his comments, Dr Oluwatoyin Popoola, Brand Ambassador, DKR German, Centre for Robotics Training in Africa, said if Nigerians, especially policymakers, support the development of Industrial Robotics, the benefits would be seen in no time.
Popoola said that the benefits of adopting and implementing Robotics Operations in productions and services, including agriculture, would help to expand the development frontiers.
He said that much more would be achieved in less time with the creative avoidance of waste.
“We have seen the challenges of COVID-19 and how it moved rapidly around the world in a few months.
“It tells us the level of our interconnectedness and this connection goes along with our economic, intellectual and social philosophy connectedness.
“With the way the world is going, we cannot say that Robotics is for this part of the world.
“We must begin to act locally to have a global impact.
“Local adoption of Robotics will be critical and determine the country’s economy going forward, and it will affect the global supply chain.
“It is not limited to automobile or machines, as it is now being domesticated in many ways; agriculture, SMEs, manufacturing, sales and services,’’ he said.
The brand ambassador, however, said there was a need to overcome the fear of automation affecting labour so as to discover the benefits of robotics.
Also, Mr Miralem Bulic, DKR Germany Centre for Robotics Training, Europe, said that Nigeria industry had a lot of potential to automate processes that would improve production with an accuracy of 50 to 100 per cent.
Bulic said that the goal of DKR was to extend education on Industrial Robotics, build a bridge between industry and academic institutions, as well as support the local and international industry.
He said that students around the world could come to DKR to learn about robotics, crucial robotic skills and programmes development, making them employable.
Also, Mr Michael Dada, the Chief Executive Officer, Universal Diplomats Ltd., said that the idea of the presentation was basically to launch the training in Nigeria, starting with Educational Tourism to Europe.
Dada said that DKR was starting with Digital Training and the future was to establish the German Centre for Robotic training in Nigeria.