In a significant move to boost economic growth and foster digital innovation, the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced its collaboration with global tech giant, Google Incorporated, to create one million digital jobs for Nigerian youths. The partnership was officially confirmed during a meeting between President Bola Tinubu and Google Global Vice President, Richard Gingras, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on July 28, 2023.
President Tinubu expressed his delight at Google’s commitment to support Nigeria’s digital economy and job creation initiatives. The government welcomes Google’s readiness to answer the call on digital innovation and help empower the nation’s youth. The collaboration aims to leverage Google’s vast tools and capabilities to enable the creation of one million digital jobs, providing opportunities for the country’s vibrant, creative, and talented young population.
As the Nigerian government embarks on its economic reforms, the partnership with Google is expected to play a pivotal role in driving sustainable growth and fostering innovation in the country’s technology sector. The collaboration will enhance access to information and promote democracy as young Nigerians embrace digital tools and technology to expand their economic opportunities.
Google’s Global Vice President, Richard Gingras, who was in Nigeria for the West Africa Journalism Innovation Conference, expressed his admiration for the creativity and talent demonstrated by Nigerian youths. He commended their enthusiasm in utilizing technology to drive positive change and expand access to information.
The digital jobs initiative aligns with Google’s deep interest in Nigeria, reaffirming the company’s commitment to supporting the government’s efforts in advancing the country’s digital economy. The partnership also includes discussions on how Google can assist in securing Nigeria, as discussed with the National Security Adviser during the meeting.
Both President Tinubu and Richard Gingras acknowledged the importance of preserving free press and free speech, emphasizing their commitment to supporting a free society. The collaboration aims to uphold public interest by enabling access to information while ensuring that free speech and press freedom remain protected.
With this strategic partnership, Nigeria anticipates a transformative surge in its digital economy, providing young Nigerians with increased opportunities for growth and innovation. The government’s support and Google’s resources combined are set to pave the way for a brighter and more inclusive future, fostering economic development and prosperity for the nation.
Source: Channels Television
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