The government is seeking partnerships to train 3 million young Nigerians in digital skills over the next three years. Telecom infrastructure company IHS Towers recently committed to invest N1 billion for the implementation of the program.
Aminu Maida, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has called on Finnish technology company Nokia to increase its investments in information and communications technology (ICT), particularly research and development.
According to Mr. Maida, the Nigerian government is keen to harness Nokia’s capabilities through technology transfer to help young Nigerians acquire technical skills.
This call was launched during a recent visit by a Nokia delegation to the regulator’s premises. It comes in a context where the government is looking for partners to support it in the implementation of the “3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT)” program which aims to train three million young people in ICT over the next three years. Telecom infrastructure company IHS Towers recently committed to investing 1 billion naira (USD 1.26 million) to build learning communities across Nigeria.
This program should help reduce unemployment among Nigerian youth. It is also expected to accelerate the digital transformation ambitions of the Nigerian government which seeks to put ICT at the heart of the Nigerian economy. The executive has set a target of increasing the contribution of ICT to Nigeria’s GDP to 22% by 2027 .