The minister of communications, Bosun Tijani, the innovation and digital economy, has announced the launch of a programme to empower Nigerians with technology skills.
Tijani, in a social media post on Friday, said the federal government intends to train three million technical talents (3MTT) by 2025 with the initiative.
Tijani said the programme would create a pipeline of technical talent across Nigeria to help the ministry achieve its aim of making the country a net exporter of talent.
According to the minister, the 3MTT would also contribute to the growth of the digital economy, and create employment for an unspecified number of trainers.
In the first phase of the programme, Tijani said, 30,000 tech talents across Nigeria will be trained in the next three months.
He noted that the scheme is not limited to the youths, as persons above 45 years can also apply.
“This is a unique opportunity to be part of a pioneer group of organisations and individuals in our National Digital Transformation journey and I’m looking forward to receiving your applications at this link here – ,” Tijani wrote.
In a statement on the website of the programme, the ministry said interested organisations that want to provide trainers are required to download the document via this portal.
The federal government said participants will learn software development, UI/UX design, data analysis and visualisation, quality assurance, product management, data science, animation, AI/machine learning, cybersecurity, game development, cloud computing and dev ops.
“The training is hybrid, meaning that it combines online and in-person components. While the majority of the training can be done remotely, there are aspects that will require in-person training,” the ministry said in the statement.
The government said financial support, covering the cost of training, will be provided for the first phase.