African leaders have been asked to harness the potentials of the technology sector to lift its people out of poverty.
Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology in Nigeria, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, made the appeal on Friday at a meeting with officials of the African Union in Abuja.
He decried the state of underdevelopment of the science and technology in the region in spite of its abilities to create jobs and improve its economy.
However, the Chairperson of Social Affairs and Health at the African Union, Dr Tunji Asaolu, offered the assistance of the Union in making Nigeria a major hub for science and technology.
Africa is the second-largest continent, after Asia, in both size and population, but many countries in the continent are still battling to maintain stable electricity supply needed to push other technological inputs.
Nigeria, the nation with the largest population in the continent, is still making attempts to shore up its electricity capacity to 10,000 megawatts which is far below the capacity needed to cater for the over 160 million population.
According to the Minister, Africa holds great business opportunities in the technology sector, something he said would create jobs and liberate the continent from poverty.