“Technology is the Language of the 21st Century” – Professor Sokan
The Education Secretary, Living Faith Church, World Wide, Professor Bridget Sokan, has described Technology as the language of the 21st Century, while speaking on behalf of the Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, at the 41st Public Lecture of the University, on Friday, March 3, 2015.
The lecture which was titled, ‘Technology Convergence and The Promise of Internet of Things: Prospects for Developing Economies’ presented by Professor Tokumbo Ogunfunmi attracted guests from different parts of the Country.
Professor Sokan stated further, “We have to be fast and responsive to the demands of technology. Technology is the language of the 21st Century.” She emphasized the need for an ‘I can’ mentality as well as commitment in the area of research in order to deliver on the demands of technology in this century.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, stated, “The topic of the lecture was apt, timely and would largely affect the process of things in the nearest future. We are in the era of mobile technology, mobile learning, mobile health, etc. We have huge prospects around us as individuals, but we need a thorough understanding of the happenings around us, particularly in terms of technology.”
He urged the audience to make adequate use of the lecture information to improve their lives and to move the world forward.
In his lecture, Professor Tokunbo Ogunfunmi stated, “In history, there are many changes which historians sooner or later call a ‘revolution’. Actually, it can be better succinctly stated as a confluence of events or what I prefer to call convergence of technological developments.
“We have also witnessed the following recent revolutions: there was, the industrial revolution - then, the information technology (IT) or computer revolution - then, the internet revolution. Now we are poised for the next revolution, ‘The Internet of Things (IoT) or The Internet of Everything (IoE),’ which is where we are now.”
He said that the Internet exists today because of a convergence of advances in communications, computing, hardware and technical software made during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Professor Ogunfunmi explained that failure to incorporate new technologies results in the dislocation of industries and systems. A good example, according to him, was the old Telephony service in Nigeria, which was accessible to only a small fragment of the population.
In his words, “I recall the days when there was a 5-year waiting period to get a landline phone from the old P&T. Today, you can get a mobile wireless phone for a small amount of money from any of the major mobile wireless carriers - MTN, Glo, Airtel, Etisalat, etc., in just a few minutes. There is virtually no demand for fixed telephone landlines from P.&T. anymore.”
At the occasion were members of the Board of Regents, Covenant University, CU Senate members, Faculty, Staff and Students, well-wishers and Family members of Professor Tokunbo Olufunmi.