COVID-19: Ministry offers remote skill development through Digital Nigeria programme

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As COVID-19 spreads and many cities get locked down to tame the monster virus, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is partnering with a number of institutions to enable Nigerians acquire cutting edge digital skills within the comfort of their homes. 

One of such partnerships is based on the MoU signed with IBM earlier in January this year.  Through this partnership and as part of the IBM Digital Nation Africa programme, the ministry will be providing Nigerians with over 280+ hours of free learning and 85+ courses on key emerging technologies including: Blockchain; Artificial Intelligence; Big Data; and Cloud Computing.

Nigerians are encouraged to register today at http://idna.digitalnigeria.gov.ng. Users can also access the programme through the “IBM Digital Nation Africa” App on Google Play Store.

The ministry will be sharing similar opportunities in the coming days on its social media pages, website and on www.digitalnigeria.gov.ng .  These programmes will include training courses provided as a result of our collaborations with partners that include: African Development Bank (Coding for Employment programme); and Huawei (ICT Academy Telecom and Information Technology Skills programme).

“The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to developing the capacity of Nigerians to use technology to solve problems. We will also deploy technology to limit the disruption to education and the economy caused by COVID-19. Through the Digital Nigeria programme we will empower Nigerians to develop skills and build innovative solutions to tackle challenges within our community. #DigitalNigeria,” said a statement issued this week in Abuja by the ministry quoting the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

Weeks back and before the Conoravirus turned pandemic to attract lock down of cities globally by governments, President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Digital Nigeria Programme in Abuja “one of federal government’s key initiatives that will empower innovators and entrepreneurs with skills required to thrive in our emerging digital economy”.

“In furtherance to this, the ministry is promoting options for digital training for Nigerians. This is especially important at a time when the world stays home to combat the spread of COVID-19,” added the statement issued by Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi.


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