The Federal Government has revealed its partnership with Microsoft Corporation to quicken Nigeria’s plan towards a more digital economy.
According to a statement by Laolu Akande, the spokesman for the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, this is following the Economic Sustainability Plan of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
In a dual announcement on Monday 3rd of May, 2021 by both the government and Microsoft, not less than five million Nigerians would benefit from a digital upskilling program.
Every location in each of the six geopolitical zones would also enjoy better internet connection and cloud services thanks to the digital transformation plan.
While revealing the partnership with the tech giant, Professor Osinbajo stated that the government was committed to leveraging innovation and technology to bring better outcomes across a wide area of governance concerns.
“Indeed, it is with this in mind that we have sought constructive partnerships that bridge the knowledge, skills, and technology gap that exist in most of our communities.
“This launch is indicative of our commitment to this and will involve collaboration with various government agencies as implementing partners, including the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Nigerian Institute of Cultural Orientation, and various other local partners.
“We intend that these initiatives become institutions in their own rights and make a real impact in the lives of our citizens going forward.”
The partnership with Microsoft is based on connectivity, skilling, and digital transformation, after discussions between both parties led by the Vice President and Microsoft President, Brad Smith, earlier in 2021.
On the other hand, Brad Smith said Microsoft believes in the future of Nigeria and was excited as a company to add to its investments.
“All of these is giving us the kind of confidence to want to invest even more, and one of the things that we have recognized as a company is the need to grow with communities and countries and not just buying for ourselves,” Smith said.
On the new partnership with the Federal Government, he stated, “We are embarking on a series of broad-based, really multifaceted investments to better serve Nigeria in three areas of internet connectivity, digital skilling, and digital transformation.
“We will be providing digital skills to five million Nigerians over the next three years, and along the way, creating 27,000 new jobs during the same period.”