The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Federal Government with International Business Machines, IBM, West Africa, for partnership and collaboration in the area of Digital Skills development in Nigeria.
The partnership which gives impetus to the digital, innovation and Entrepreneurship skills of the economic development plan of President Muhammadu Buhari is a quantum leap in the Digital Economy strategy of the government The MoU provides a platform to empower Nigerian youths with digital literacy skills, to enable innovation, design and development of indigenous solutions, self sufficiency and make Nigeria a hub for critical skills for Africa and the world at large.
Under the partnership, and in line with the Digital Literacy initiative and drive of the ministry, IBM will through its Digital Nation Africa Initiative, provide free training to Nigerians for a period of 12 to 16 weeks, in diverse areas of Information Technology.
The objectives of the MoU including creating awareness and support in the development and use of digital tools and applications to improve the delivery of government services; creating a pool of Nigerians with digital skills validated by globally recognized certifications; bridging the gap between the academia and the industry through sensitization on digital tools and skills; and reducing the access barrier to digital tools for the citizens. The programme is scheduled to take off in February 2020.