OpenConHost: Africa Neeeds to Take Giant Stride to Surpass Other Continents
The Host for the 2016 OpenCon Conference to be held in Lagos, Mr. Adisa Boluwatife, asserted that the reason why Africa is not innovating enough is because policy makers don't encourage research through their activities.
Adisa, a student of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Lagos, said that if policymakers in Nigeria can support good innovation such as open access; the research and education industries will go through a tremendous improvement.
He also pointed out that if Open access is adopted in different areas of the Nigerian economy where knowledge is being hoarded or hidden behind paywalls,research and education which are the driving forces of growth in the economy of major countries across the globe will also experience a positive surge in Nigeria.
In shedding more light on what OpenCon stands for, he explained that "Opencon addresses a major issue in our research and education system. It has been a driving force for tremendous change in countries around the world and I believe Nigeria should not be left out.
"Eventually, open access is going to be a big deal in Africa as a whole but our problem is not that we do not know what methods are being adopted by successful nations but the fact that we are always lagging behind in taking these giant strides.
"This is why i have chosen to lead this mission of making a positive impact in our knowledge sharing system through open access."
Adisa ascertained that the students in higher school of learning will benefit from Open access and so are the researchers who need material to better their works and themselves.
OpenCon event is scheduled to hold on Friday, 23rd of December 2016 at the Julius Berger Hall of the University of Lagos.
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