Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, has affirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting global tech giant, Google Incorporated, in its mission to generate one million digital jobs in Nigeria. The President expressed this willingness during a meeting with Google’s Global Vice President, Richard Gingras, at the State House on Friday.
In a statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications & Strategy, Dele Alake, President Tinubu acknowledged the immense creative and talented pool of young individuals in Nigeria, who are eager to learn and embrace the digital revolution.
President Tinubu highlighted that Google, with its cutting-edge capabilities and tools, can play a crucial role in empowering Nigerian youths to excel in the digital era. He expressed gratitude for Google’s willingness to collaborate with Nigeria on digital innovation and support the nation’s efforts to promote a thriving digital economy.
“We are glad that Google is ready to partner with us. You have responded to our call for digital innovation and helping our youths. Your commitment to creating one million digital jobs in Nigeria aligns with our objectives, and we will provide all the necessary support to ensure a mutually beneficial corporate responsibility. As we continue our economic reforms, we are eager to work hand in hand with you,” President Tinubu stated.
The President also emphasized the significance of promoting free speech, freedom of the press, and democracy through Google’s platforms. He firmly believes that defending free press and free speech is in the public interest and essential for a free society.
In response, Richard Gingras, the Google Global Vice President, expressed admiration for the creativity and talent of young Nigerians who are embracing technology to expand access to information and drive democracy. He assured President Tinubu of Google’s deep interest in Nigeria and its readiness to support the Federal Government’s initiatives.
Gingras also highlighted Google’s diverse capabilities, including Artificial Intelligence and other digital innovations that empower young Nigerians to become digital entrepreneurs.
With this collaboration between the Nigerian government and Google, the digital landscape in Nigeria is poised for significant growth and potential to create countless opportunities for the country’s young workforce. The partnership aims to harness the power of technology and innovation to drive economic progress and propel Nigeria towards becoming a digital powerhouse in the global arena.