Talking throughout Wednesday’s annual Digital Africa Convention, Isa Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, recognized blockchain as a part of the federal government’s deal with rising applied sciences, in response to a report by Voice of Nigeria.
Highlighting the convention theme — “Constructing a New Africa with AI and Blockchain” — Pantami said that the federal government was working towards establishing innovation facilities.
In accordance with Pantami, these innovation facilities will discover capacity-building protocols for synthetic intelligence, the Web of Issues, robotics, cloud computing and blockchain know-how, amongst different fields.
As a part of his deal with, the communications minister mentioned the transfer was a part of efforts to advertise an innovation-driven tradition in Nigeria, including:
“We’re additionally actively getting ready to benefit from blockchain applied sciences for our digital financial system, and we lately developed a Nationwide Blockchain Adoption Technique.”
Again in October 2020, Nigeria’s Nationwide Data Know-how Improvement Company (NITDA) issued a draft technique framework for blockchain. The doc included a six-point agenda for using the novel know-how together with nationwide digital identification and regulatory sandboxes for pilot implementations.
Addressing the convention, NITDA director-general Kashifu Inuwa said that Nigeria is usually a progress driver for AI and blockchain in Africa. In November 2020, Inuwa remarked that the nation might generate as much as $10 billion in revenue from blockchain by 2030.
Pantami’s ministry has been spearheading a compulsory nationwide identification program within the nation — a transfer that has generated vital controversy over the obligatory linkage of cellphone numbers to nationwide ID information.
Whereas addressing privateness and information safety considerations, the minister’s deal with didn’t embrace any point out of potential blockchain adoption within the space of safely storing nationwide ID data.
Again in February, Nigeria’s vice chairman, Yemi Osinbajo, said that crypto and blockchain will revamp Nigeria’s financial landscape. The vice chairman’s feedback adopted on the heels of a ban imposed by the central bank prohibiting monetary establishments from servicing cryptocurrency exchanges.