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The Nigerian government, on Wednesday, 12th of October, 2022, signed an MOU– Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft Corporation at the sideline of the ongoing GITEX 2022 in Dubai. In line with the deal, Microsoft would offer digital skills training to five (5) million Nigerians to advance their careers.

While signing the document at the event, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Pantami, commended Microsoft and said the implementation of the memorandum would commence immediately. He also expressed that the offer will help achieve the expectation of a digital Nigeria.“Though some of our agencies provide capacity building programs for teeming citizens, this new offer by Microsoft will go a long way in achieving our dream of Digital Nigeria,” he said. 

The Professor assured that Nigeria is set to provide an environment that would ensure that regulatory instruments would accommodate Microsoft and other businesses alike. 

Microsoft represented by Mr. Deen Yusuf expressed how willing Microsoft is to collaborate with the Ministry and bring about initiatives that would enhance the capabilities and capacities of government organizations to provide skill and employment opportunities for the youths. “At least 7000 jobs would be created through the initiative,” he said. 

Some important highlights of the MOU are high-in-demand digital skills training for enhancing businesses, increasing productivity, and accessing job opportunities. 

Profile access and job placement with Microsoft as partners and customers will be given to participants. Also, students would be trained in Microsoft technology stack to increase their chances of employability with the student program. 

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