Nigeria, Microsoft Signs MOU To Up-skill 5 Million Citizens

Nigeria, Microsoft Signs MOU To Up-skill 5 Million Citizens

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to upskill Five million Nigerians has been signed between tech giant, Microsoft Corporation and the Nigerian government. Citizens will be tried in skills that are in high demand in the tech space and that can also enhance their career choices.

Minister of communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on behalf of the nation signed the agreement, he in the process commended Microsoft for introducing the offer to Nigerians.

The Minister also noted that plans to implement the signed agreement are already in process as activities will begin soon.

In his statement, he said, “We are highly delighted with this offer of corporate social responsibility by the Microsoft Corporation. Though some of our agencies provide capacity-building programmes for teeming citizens, this new offer by Microsoft will go a long in achieving our dream of a Digital Nigeria.

He further revealed the delight of the government in the partnership when he said, “We value action once agreements are signed, we will ensure immediate commencement of the implementation. We will continue to provide enabling environment and ensure that our regulatory instruments are developmental and flexible for Microsoft and other businesses to flourish.”

“Microsoft is willing to collaborate with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and jointly drive skill and employment initiatives in Nigeria by potentially building the capabilities and capacities of government organisations and enabling them to provide economic opportunities for the youth.” Mr Deen Yusuf, the Microsoft representative said while giving his own speech.

According to some of the things agreed upon in the MOU, 1 million job seekers will be trained, in highly relevant tech skills while 1,700 Master trainers will be enhanced and 200,000 learners will be certified through the certificate courses

“At least 7000 jobs would be created through the initiative,” Yusuf said.

The MOU creates a commitment by both parties of the agreement to have at least skill up and engage 1000 learners in Data and Artificial Intelligence within 30 Days.

The initiative also has some features for Nigerian students. About 290 students will have access to some technology Nigerian employability rate within just 30 days of training.

The MOU acknowledges that about  5000 Nigerians will take part in the Azure Nigeria Community Conference.