Nigeria: Technology Crucial in Solving Nigeria's Lingering Problems

Lagos — TRANSFORMATIONAL technologies have been identified as the solution to traffic and waste management as well as land-related issues in Nigeria.

These are among a number of challenges bedeviling Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.

Adebayo Sanni, Managing Director of Oracle Nigeria, said the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain represent an unprecedented opportunity for enterprises in the public as well as private sectors to solve the aforementioned problems.

He said for example, in Nigeria, the potential to combine real-time data from IoT devices from intelligent trash bins with historical waste-level of each trash bin could help waste management become smarter; especially for a city like Lagos that generates about 13 000 metric tonnes on a daily basis.

"The entire waste management system can become smarter overtime, learning from the data collected," Sanni said.

He said such a solution would help an organisation like Lagos Waste Management Authority to make better data-driven decisions for a cleaner city.

This application can be replicated to address traffic management.

The current traffic lights can be IoT enabled to ensure an efficient flow of traffic. The roads can also have sensors and information about road conditions, combined with data coming from road users to provide drivers with real-time traffic information.

With such a system, drivers can be alerted to take alternative roads in case of an accident.

Sanni said a blockchain solution could bring transparency to all stakeholders in the property business for examples.

Government can use such a system to track and ensure the right taxes have been paid to the government for every transaction; buyers can also have peace of mind as all the documents for the transactions can be verified real-time.

"These transformational technologies will bring change - in our professional lives, our personal lives and country as a whole," Sanni said.

The executive said the question was not when, but how to bring the future forward and empower African governments and businesses to take advantage of the transformative impact of IoT, AI, and blockchain.

The answers, he said, are in the Cloud.

"A technologically enabled future has arrived. It is time to carve your niche in it," Sanni concluded.

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