Google has supported the Federal Government with N1.2bn to create jobs
The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday, received some executives of Google at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Shettima also lauded the N1.2bn grant provided by the technology giant for the support of the “Tinubu administration’s one million jobs initiative.”
According to the Vice President, the announcement of the grant was commendable and worthy of emulation by other companies.
“Let’s think outside the box and create more job opportunities. We need to walk the talk. It is easy to pontificate but very difficult to bring all the ideas to fruition. I want to assure you, this administration is ready to partner with you.
“Nigeria is ready for business. The President that we have now wants to leave a legacy that Nigerians will be proud of many years after,” the VP explained.
Speaking about the potential of Nigeria’s young population, Shettima said, “We have a unique opportunity to harness the potential of our huge youth population to create millions of jobs in the digital sector.
“We have more English-speaking people than many countries in Africa and beyond. We missed the agricultural age; we missed the industrial age, and we are now in the knowledge-driven post-industrial age. We have the potential and a unique opportunity to fill the anticipated global talent deficit.
We are willing to partner with Google; we will work closely with you for the good of our nation,” he added.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director, Google West Africa, Mr Olumide Balogun, said the company was excited about the Tinubu-led administration’s vision of creating one million digital jobs and was committing over N1.2bn in grants to support the initiative.
He said the company, through the programme, would provide digital skills to over 20,000 youths and women to improve their lives and enable several startups to grow and create thousands of jobs in the sector.
On his part, Google Africa’s Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, Charles Murito, said the company remained committed to investing in digital infrastructure across Africa, noting that digital transformation on the continent could be the driver of the targeted technology jobs.
Speaking about the potential in Africa, Murito noted that “Google cannot achieve its vision and objectives if it doesn’t cover Nigeria effectively.”