World Robot Organisation Competition: Nigeria tipped to excel

The organisers of the World Robot Organisation (WRO) Nigeria, Mrs Abisola Obasanya, on Wednesday tipped Nigerian representative for the WRO competition in Gyor, Hungary for greater success.

Obasanya made the assertion while assessing the performance of Nigerian students in the past years of appearance.

The 2019 WRO competition which serves as the qualification stage to the upcoming WRO in Gyor, Hungary from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10 was held at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island on Saturday.

The theme for the 2019 WRO is “Smart Cities”, and had over 120 students drawn from the public and private schools in attendance.

Obasanya said that Nigeria had stood tall among the six African countries selected to participate in the WRO competition, adding that the result from the last competition was an improvement.

“The students are proving their mettle as champions year in year out. There has been a great shift from when we started to date.

“I have seen many of the students that started Artificial Intelligence (AI) improve on what they have and also many schools joining the crusade.

“Nigeria needs lots of attention to robotic science; it should not be placed as extracurricular studies, rather a main subject.

For this year, the students have made me happy with their work rate. Seeing young students developing robots for smart cities is what I am happy about,’’ she said.

A judge for the competition, Timilehin Ogunyemi, said that Nigeria could achieve her dream of being a smart city if government could tap into the initiatives of the young children.

“Nigeria is a smart country, and there is opportunity for us to develop the Artificial Intelligence because we have young children that have their mindset wired for this.

“We can solve our problems here because the world is going digital now and we cannot afford to be left behind.

“We now have younger generations that have knowledge of technological approaches to design artificial intelligence, robotic machine language and the rest. Within five to 10 years, we should be on top of the world.

I am delighted as a judge for the competition to see this young children displaying exceptionally. Rather, I also want the government to be fully part of this development through legislation,’’ he said.

There has been a significant improvement in the knowledge of robotic science since its introduction to the school curriculum within five years.

Brendon Ikem and Christian Peter-Jesse emerged first in the competition, while students of Ikoyi Senior Secondary School emerged first for the public school category.