The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, has disclosed plans by the Federal Government to train 1 million Nigerians in technical skills by the year 2025.
The minister disclosed this in a post made on his X handle.
According to him, preparations for the training commenced on Tuesday with a meeting of stakeholders in tech to co-create innovative ways to achieve the target, adding that the meeting was the first in a series of ecosystem engagements to ensure that the government gets the best solutions from within.
“As we work towards our target of training 1 million people in technical skills by 2025, we’d love to know how you can get involved,” the Minister posted.
He noted that the training was in line with the promise by President Bola Tinubu to create 1 million jobs through tech in the first 24 months of his administration.
Tinubu in his campaign manifesto had said that apart from encouraging Nigerian youths who are currently in tech, his administration would introduce intervention programs in the ICT Industry and other critical sectors of the Nigerian economy where the deployment of new technologies can fast-track business growth and diversification.
He added that Investing in the ICT sector and the digital economy will stimulate local industries, enhance competitiveness, increase productivity, and provide millions of Nigerians with new skills and long-term job and wealth-creation
While noting that his government would take advantage of recent innovations such as blockchain technology, Tinubu in his ICT agenda said:
“Blockchain, because of its security and accountability features, has the inherent potential to make daily interactions easier, faster, and more convenient, as well as to create more opportunities to add exciting new jobs and support greater financial inclusion.”
He said his government would also be focusing on ICT-enabled outsourcing; Innovation and entrepreneurship, e-commerce, and tech manufacturing to create more tech jobs for Nigerians.
He noted that those digital products and services have been identified as having the greatest potential to bring new jobs and greater diversification to the economy.