Global tech giant, Google, shows strong interest in Nigeria’s digital economy and pledges support for job creation and youth empowerment.
Abuja, Nigeria – In a significant development for Nigeria’s digital economy, Google Global Vice President, Richard Gingras, visited President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. During the meeting, Google expressed its commitment to collaborate with the Federal Government of Nigeria in creating one million digital jobs in the country.
President Tinubu welcomed the tech giant’s willingness to partner and support Nigeria’s efforts in promoting digital innovation and empowering the youth. He emphasized that the country boasts a pool of creative and talented young individuals eager to learn and excel in the age of Artificial Intelligence.
In his statement, President Tinubu said, “I am glad that Google is ready to partner with us. You have answered our call on digital innovation and to help our youths. You are supporting our efforts to promote the digital economy. We are ready to work with you on your commitment to create 1 million digital jobs in Nigeria.”
Acknowledging Google’s role in promoting free speech, press freedom, and democracy, the President reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting a free society.
Richard Gingras expressed his admiration for Nigeria’s young talents, who are embracing technology and digital tools to expand access to information and foster democratic principles. He praised the country’s vibrant and creative youth and affirmed Google’s dedication to support Nigeria’s digital economy initiatives.
“Google has a deep interest in Nigeria. We want to support the government’s efforts to create one million digital jobs. We have all the tools and capabilities to make this happen,” stated the Google Vice President.
Gingras also highlighted Google’s investment in the country, mentioning the subsea cable, Equiano, which landed in Nigeria in April 2022, significantly impacting future internet connectivity demands.
In addition to job creation, Google pledged to assist in securing Nigeria in the face of disinformation and fake news. The tech giant intends to maintain its partnership with the Nigerian government to address these challenges effectively.
Accompanying Richard Gingras on the visit were Mr. Adewolu Adene, Government and Public Affairs Manager for Google in West Africa, and Premium Times Publisher, Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi.
The collaboration between Google and Nigeria holds promising prospects for the nation’s digital ecosystem, fostering innovation and economic growth while empowering the youth with valuable job opportunities. As the partnership takes shape, stakeholders eagerly anticipate the positive impact it will have on the country’s technological landscape.