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Africa can surpass China’s growth using disruptive technology, says Ezekwesili

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A former World Bank Vice-President, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, says with disruptive technology, Africa has the potential to actualise economic development at a quicker pace than it took China,

Ezekwesili, also a former Nigeria’s Minister of Education, spoke while delivering a keynote address at the maiden edition of the Change and Development Forum organised by the Dare Adeboye Foundation, in Lagos.

“It is Africa’s moment. If Africa gets it, it will take Africa a shorter time-span than it took China to reach technology development.

“The Africa, which missed the Agricultural Revolution, the bus of the Industrial Revolution and a bit of the Knowledge Revolution, but caught on with the ICT Revolution with about a billion Africans having access to mobile phones; this is a structural revolution that can jump-start a continent,” she said.

Ezekwesili described the penetration of mobile phones and digital devices in Africa as Africa’s first revolution with the mobile phone as a powerful asset for the average African.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Change and Development Forum aims to promote productive dialogue and partnerships among stakeholders within the social impact sector, and to drive policy and strategic discussions on the development of young Nigerians.

The event, which saw the unveiling of the Foundation’s five-year plan, was held at the Redemption Camp, to mark the first year memorial of the passing of Dare Adeboye, and to create a development epitaph for the late pastor.

Ezekwesili eulogised the late Adeboye and praised him as a silent and unsung driver, promoter and pillar of sustainable development and nation building.

She also shared their mutual fondness for young people and Nigeria and urged the leadership of the foundation to sustain and institutionalise the late Dare’s passion.

The Africa, which missed the Agricultural Revolution, the bus of the Industrial Revolution and a bit of the Knowledge Revolution, but caught on with the ICT Revolution with about a billion Africans having access to mobile phones; this is a structural revolution that can jump-start a continent.

In her address, the wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, called for concerted efforts to drive sustainable development, to support and complement the government’s agenda.

Similarly, the Chairman of His Love Foundation and Special Assistant to the General Overseer of RCCG on Christian Social Responsibility (CSR), Idowu Iluyomade, highlighted the reach and impact of the RCCG’s interventions in alleviating hunger, poverty and in the health sector.

He lauded the event for its panel discussion where key industry leaders harped on the need to leverage collaboration and knowledge sharing to drive more impact toward the actualisation of sustainable development.

The Dare Adeboye Foundation was instituted June 9, 2021, to sustain and entrench the legacies of Pastor Dare, a Senior Youth Pastor in RCCG.

The foundation has four key programmes focusing on Youth Empowerment, Kingdom Expansion, Leadership, Governance and Education.

In the next five years, the Foundation intends to equip and empower 1000 young leaders in public, private and social sectors.

It supports 100 youth-led businesses, transforms 100 communities, organisations, groups and supports 500 individuals and families for educational advancement.

It also empowers 5,000 African youths with various digital skills. (NAN)

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