About five million Nigerians will be trained by Microsoft on digital technology after an agreement between the Nigerian government and the US technology company.
Both parties have held talks about the initiative for over a year, but on Wednesday, pen was put to paper during an IT exhibition in Dubai.
Speaking about the exciting deal which will help young Nigerians learn modern skills, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Isa Ali Pantami described it as “amazing” and said it would spur “job creation and economic development” in the country.
He further promised Nigeria would continue to provide an “enabling environment” for Microsoft and other companies to operate in the country by ensuring that regulatory measures were “developmental and flexible”.
A Microsoft representative said the company was willing to work with the Nigerian government to provide “economic opportunities” for young people.