Nigeria and IBM partner up for digital skills development drive
The government of Nigeria and IBM have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost digital skills development in the country. Among the objectives of the MoU are to equip citizens with digital skills with globally recognized certifications, lower the access barrier to digital tools, and support the development and use of digital tools and applications to improve government service delivery.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, and Mr. Dipo Faulkner, Country General Manager IBM Nigeria, in Abuja. Dr. Pantami said, “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.”
As part of the partnership, IBM will be providing free digital skills training lasting 12 to 16 weeks. Earlier in the month, Dr. Pantami had outlined the government’s commitment to ensuring that 95 per cent of Nigerians become digitally literate by 2030 through a large-scale capacity-building drive.