In the bold bid to find sustainable solutions to persisting challenges – right from infrastructural deficit, through inadequate energy supply, epileptic electric power output to transportation, education and healthcare delivery – some Nigerians have deployed their creative ingenuities to invent machines in that regard.

Tackling Insecurity Through Local Technology

Tackling Insecurity Through Local Technology ,The painful paradox, however, is that many of them and their inventions are more valued outside Nigeria’s shores than within the country. This has resulted in the increasing wave of brain-drain, leaving the nation holding the short end of the economic and technological development stick. For instance, much has been written about Professor Philip Emeagwali, the Nigerian-born computer scientist best known for utilizing the connection machine and 65,536 microprocessors to achieve 3.1 billion calculations per second, the fastest computational record at the time. In a similar vein, Col. Oviemo Ovadje (Rtd) is credited with the invention of the Emergency Auto Transfusion System (EAT-SET), which is an effective, low-cost and affordable blood auto-transfusion mechanism that saves patients in developing countries.

Tackling Insecurity Through Local Technology , Interesting too is that our own Seyi Oyesola is the co-inventor of CompactOR or the “Hospital in a Box”. It is a solar-powered, life-saving operating room which can be transported to remote areas of Africa and set up within minutes. In fact, there is a long list of other Nigerian inventors whose works have attracted immense global recognition and adoption. But the germane question is: how impactful their products have been on the quality life of the average Nigerian? That brings to mind the recent invention by the Nigerian robotic engineer, Dr. Olusola Ayoola. He has developed Carbon Emission Tracker (CET) Drone for aerial surveillance in detecting hideouts of criminals within caves and forest areas. He is the founder of Robotic and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria (RAIN), an indigenous AI firm based in Ibadan, Oyo State. According to Ayoola, criminal elements cannot escape the innovative capability of drone surveillance offered by the Carbon Emission Tracker Drone (CETD). Specifically, the CEDT also utilizes the geo-spatial intelligence technology capable of scanning entire expanse of forests, game reserves and other uninhabited spaces, thereby making it difficult for criminals to escape detection.

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