This partnership was announced the the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Monday.
According to him, the partnership with involves a digital upskilling programme is part of the Economic Sustainability Plan of the Muhammadu Buhari administration and will benefit no less than five million Nigerians.
Speaking in a formal video announcement of the partnership with the tech giant, Professor Osinbajo said: “Indeed, it is with this in mind that we have sought constructive partnerships that bridge the knowledge, skills and technology gap that exist in most of our communities
The Vice President explained that “This launch is indicative of our commitment to this and will involve collaboration with various government agencies as implementing partners, including the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Nigerian Institute of Cultural Orientation, and various other local partners.
“We intend that these initiatives become institutions in their own rights and make a real impact in the lives of our citizens going forward.
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These initiatives, which cover areas of intersection between technology and governance will deliver value to our people. This is the outcome of the discussions I held in January 2021 with the Microsoft Corporation President, Mr. Brad Smith. pic.twitter.com/ei65GOaSbO— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) May 3, 2021
Vice President also explained that the partnership would focus on two pillars – connectivity and skilling, as well as digital transformation.
He said: “We plan to connect under-served communities in each of the six geo-political zones with access to internet and cloud services.
“This project is a critical component of our objective of expanding broadband connectivity, which is by itself, a major pillar of our Economic Sustainability Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Vice President stated further that “Working with Microsoft, we intend to upskill five million Nigerians through this increased internet access over the next three years in various digital skills which will increase both employability and entrepreneurship.
“The multiplier effect will bring opportunities in rural and urban areas to many young people and will help us deal with unemployment problems made worse by the pandemic.
“This pillar will also serve a vital social function by using Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence technology and resources to preserve and promote our major languages so we can revitalise these important aspects of our culture.
“Our focus is, of course, the Nigerian people. With over 80 million regular internet users, there is no question that Nigerians have fully embraced technology, the internet and their various uses,” Professor Osinbajo stated.