"Here, we have the problem of unemployment and people would say we need to create mass employment opportunities for our people.

"Many believe if you start introducing robotics education then you will deny people employment opportunities. It is not so."

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, spoke on Friday in his opening remark at the robotics workshop jointly organised by the Public Affairs section of the United States Consulate General, Lagos and RoboRAVE International, a US-based robotics education academy.

He noted that robotics education would not in any way escalate unemployment rate in Nigeria, rather, he argued that more jobs would be created if robotics education was well planned and embraced.

Obasanjo said though Nigeria "is still far behind in terms of general education," the introduction of robotics education to pupils and students was commendable.

He urged the schools and pupils that were beneficiaries of the initiative to embrace robotics education in order to close the gap in technological and scientific education obtainable in developed nations.

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