Press statement from the office of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo...
Buhari administration is interested in using technology to fast track
the countryâ€™s growth and development, according to Vice President, Prof.
Yemi Osinbajo, SAN
Speaking yesterday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
between the Federal Government and Global Good Fund co-founded by US
billionaire, Bill Gates, the Vice President said the administration â€œis
interested in the idea of using technology because it is the way forward
for those interested in rapid growth in the next decadeâ€.
noted that the President has said that this administration is committed
to a bottom-up approach and technology is a tool that can help make the
to him, â€œI am interested in this whole idea of using technology to
address some of our challengesâ€, especially in agriculture and health,
adding that there is no alternative to the use of technology.
at the signing ceremony were the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Audu
Ogeh; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and that of Budget and
National Planning, Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma.
at the sides by the Ministers at the MoU signing, the Vice President
emphasized the importance of technology as a means of adding value and
improving the lives of millions of people.
He said â€œwe are at a point where technology is important for making a difference in the lives of the peopleâ€.
instance, he said there is the need to develop specific technology
solutions that can target low level subsistence farmers, small, micro
and medium enterprises with the resultant effect of impacting lives.
However, he further noted that â€œthe challenge is how to ensure that
these initiatives and innovations will benefit the majority of the
While commending the initiative to
engage with the Global Good in the effort, the Vice President charged
the partners to ensure that measurable targets are set in order that
tangible results can be achieved.
we should be able to set targets, to have useful interaction in terms of
how much we are able to achieve; this target should be on a scale, for
instance, in the next one or two years. It should be based on measurable
targets to keep our focusâ€, Prof. Osinbajo explained stressing that â€œat
the end of the day, it will mean weâ€™ve impacted so many millions of
Earlier, Mr. David Keogh, the
Director of Global Good Fund, who signed the MoU on behalf of his
organisation and led the Fundâ€™s delegation, said the Fund is on a social
mission to deploy technology in the area of agriculture and healthcare
that will impact many people in Nigeria. He stated that the company
working in collaboration with multi-lateral agencies, non-profit
organisations and governments, engages in identifying challenges in
different value chains and provide technological solutions to these
The MoU signed between
Nigeria and Global Good will provide the framework for identifying the
specific challenges in identified sectors such as in agriculture and
healthcare and provide the necessary technological solutions to impact
the lives of the people. Global Good is funded by Bill Gates.
Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity)
In the Vice President's Office