He says ICT and innovation will provide leeway for areas of development in current sustainable development goal.
Presiding over international university of East Africa 6th graduation ceremony under the theme innovation
Professor Patrick Lumumba, an advocate in the High Court of Kenya cautioned Universities to embark on skilling students with technological knowledge that will allow them to innovate and change sectors like education, agriculture, space of robotics among others which he says will liberate Africa from the chains of underdevelopment and create jobs for the young people.
“It’s only science and technology that will liberate us from the chains of underdevelopment. Embrace science and technology to catalyze change in Africa. With technology we can participate in artificial intelligence, demonstrate internet of things, engineering, and electricity among other innovations,” Lumumba said where over 500 graduated in different disciplines.
He however challenged graduates from different countries in Africa to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired to solve continental society problems.
“it is perplexing that Africa can’t feed itself despite the vast arable land. I hen e call upon graduates to lead the way through innovations because its about science and innovation that we can feed ourselves as Africa and the world,” he said.
Lumumba said its the right time that graduates create Afrocentric social media applications to cause change on development saying Facebook, twitter and Whatsapp that are not Afrocentric. “Some of these popular apps like Uber are controlled by foreigners who take all the benefits every time we use it to reach taxis,” he said.
Mute bile who doubles as Chancellor of IUEA said community will rely on graduands as human capital to contribute to the development of the country after being equipped with high quality education that is relevant to Africa.
IUEA, Vice Chancellor Dr Emeka Akaezuwa cautioned graduands to use education they have got from IUEA to equip them with a sense of responsibility, leadership and ability to adapt to the environment in the community to ensure that they generate ideas that will generate wealth.
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