Nigeria: Microsoft pledges to train 5 million citizens in digital skills

Collaboration between the Government of Nigeria and Microsoft in the digital sector has intensified this year. After opening its first Africa development center in Lagos in March, Microsoft pledged to offer free digital training to young people.

Global technology giant Microsoft Corporation is to train five million Nigerians in digital skills. A memorandum of understanding was signed on Wednesday 12 October by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, and the American multinational.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of GITEX 2022, the Global Innovation Fair, which opened on October 10 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to lsa Pantami, this new offer from Microsoft will help make the country one “Digital Nigeria” in a few years.

We value action. Once the agreements are signed, we make sure that the implementation starts immediately. We will continue to provide an enabling environment and ensure that our regulatory instruments are development-friendly and flexible so that Microsoft and other companies can thrive.” said the minister.

With an estimated population of 219 million, Nigeria is now the largest internet market in Africa. Thanks to its very young population known for innovation and creativity, Nigeria has come to the forefront of several innovations on the continent. In January 2022, it was recorded that a total of 7 unicorns were doing exceptionally well on the African continent and 5 of them had their roots in Nigeria. For all these reasons, the country attracts quality partnerships like this new MoU.

According to the minister, the protocol will consist, among other things, of training one million job seekers in the most relevant digital skills, developing 1,700 master trainers and certifying 200,000 students. More than 5,500 developers will also learn how to leverage Microsoft Power Apps to build technology solutions as part of the global Power Platform Bootcamp.

In addition, under the MOU’s African Transformational Skills Portal, two million Nigerians will benefit from free digital skills that will improve the way they work, create job opportunities and increase productivity. According to Deen Yusuf, representative of Microsoft, this initiative will create at least 7,000 jobs in Nigeria.

Samira Njoya

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