Nigerian Communications Commission Applauds Minister’s Ambitious Plan to Train Three Million Digital Skills, Enlist 1 Million Applicants Already

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In a significant move towards transforming Nigeria into a global exporter of digital skills, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, commended the proposal put forth by the Hon. Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani. The plan aims to enroll and train three million Nigerians over the next four years, creating a robust workforce capable of meeting the demands of the international digital market.

Speaking at the City Business News Summit in Lagos, Dr. Maida expressed optimism about the program, which has already garnered one million applicants. He highlighted its potential to significantly enhance Nigeria’s pool of technically-skilled individuals, making them more appealing to global employers seeking digital and technical expertise.

Addressing the summit’s theme, ‘Repositioning Nigerian Economy through Telecommunications: 2023 and Beyond,’ Dr. Maida emphasized Nigeria’s commitment to embracing technological disruptions and fostering innovation. He asserted that such an approach would drive sustainable growth, economic diversification, and improved living standards for all Nigerians.

Representing the NCC at the event, Ismail Adedigba, the Commission’s Director of Research and Development, shared the vision of accelerating Nigeria as a global technical talent hub and a net exporter of talent. The plan includes deepening the country’s position in global research across key technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), IoT, Robotics, Blockchain, and Additive Manufacturing.

The program, already underway with over one million applicants, aims to increase the digital and technical skills among Nigerians, particularly young and middle-level talents, to 70 percent by the end of 2027. This ambitious goal aligns with the strategic plan unveiled by the Honorable Minister, focusing on creating a pipeline of three million technical talents.

Dr. Maida elaborated on the Ministry’s policy direction, driven by five pillars encompassing policy, infrastructure, innovation, entrepreneurship and capital, trade, and knowledge. These pillars form the foundation of the Strategic Vision Plan (2023 – 2025), guiding efforts to leverage the potential of the telecommunications sector for positive change in Nigeria.

The EVC reiterated the Commission’s commitment to providing an enabling environment for building critical infrastructure necessary for a robust digital economy. This commitment includes ensuring improved access to quality broadband connectivity and efficient management of the nation’s spectrum resources.

Dr. Maida concluded by calling on Nigerians, especially those in the media, to embrace the aspects of these interventions relevant to them. While acknowledging the ambitious nature of the plans, he expressed confidence that, through strategic partnerships and collaborations with stakeholders, the goals are achievable.

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