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Former Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami has berated his successor, Bosun Tijani over the relaunch of the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).

NCAIR is a special-purpose vehicle created to promote research and development on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and UAV, internet of things (IoT) and their practical application in areas of Nigerian national interest.

Tijani had on April 19, announced the relaunch of the NCAIR with the support of global tech company, Cisco, adding that the capacity of the centre had been improved.

But Prof Pantami, countered the launch through his X handle, saying his “legacy” was being “claimed”.

“The National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics has been built and commissioned in November 2020, almost 4 years ago.

“The first of its kind in Africa. It has been very effective, and thousands of Nigerians have been trained and trained. Legacy is achieved, not claimed,” the former minister wrote.

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