Microsoft, Federal Government Partner on National Digital Transformation Growth

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Microsoft President, Brad Smith

In continuation of intensifying the nation’s move to become a more digital economy, Microsoft has announced its partnership with the federal government. detailed several projects aimed at intensifying the nation’s move to become a more digital economy.

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In a statement released by the company, Microsoft identified three key pillars that will help to build strong foundations for a digital economy in Nigeria: connectivity, skilling and digital transformation.

According to Microsoft President, Brad Smith, the partnership is coming from the brighter future of Nigeria which they believe in and are excited as a company to add to our investments.

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“Together, we have an enormous opportunity to put technology to work, create jobs, to foster the technology ecosystem across Nigeria, and use technology to preserve the best of the past and take us into the future.” He noted.

Smith added that technological infrastructure alone is not enough to ensure sustainable digital transformation, so Microsoft is committing to upskilling five million people in Nigeria over the next three years. To help reach this goal, 1,700 trainers will provide blended online and in-person training courses to the country’s youth as well as government workers

The pillar, digital transformation, will initially be made up of two initiatives. The first will address corruption, a major global challenge with economic losses totalling $3.6 trillion each year. By collaborating with local partners, Microsoft will support the design and implementation of cloud-based tools to further enable the government’s fight against corruption.

The second initiative will help protect Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage by deploying artificial intelligence tools to safeguard these treasures for future generations through the National Institute of Cultural Orientation to preserve and revive Nigeria’s three major indigenous languages: Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo.

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“A joint working committee will guide these investments and will provide updates on the programmes announced, and new programmes that may follow. He said.

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Research points to internet penetration in Nigeria of around 50 percent and while the pandemic has increased the pace of digitisation, much needs to be done to empower all citizens to take advantage of the opportunities of a digital economy.

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