The effort of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari at improving the nation’s economic drive, has received a boost as the giant international Tech heavyweight Microsoft Corporation offers to support Nigeria’s economic sustainability.
The Vice President, Prof.YemiOsinbajo, in a virtual meeting with Microsoft Corporation team led by its President, Mr Bradford Smith, expressed satisfaction at the company’s interest in supporting the efforts of the Federal Government as this could be leveraged on addressing issues affecting the youths, especially in engaging them productively.
Microsoft’s offer is the latest in a series of top international tech corporations’ coordinated support for Nigeria. Google Inc. in July 2020 announced plans to establish its first Google Launchpad Space outside the United States in Lagos, Facebook, in September of same year made public its decision to open an office in Lagos as part of its planned expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa, while HUAWEI last November promised the Vice President that the company will position Nigeria as a technology center for the African continent.
According to the Vice President, “People are generally impatient with government, impatient with practically all of the formal structures there are. But I am happy to hear what views there might be in trying to engage even more with young people and in our case, that is 70% of our population, if not more. So, we are really talking not just about the youth population but the Nigerian populace because that is the majority.”
Osinbajo further said that the government has initiatived digital innovation that will create more digital space to boost viable sectors of the economy
Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isa Pantami, said the Federal Government has already put in place the necessary structures to partner with Microsoft and other tech companies in developing Nigeria’s technology ecosystem.
He said the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy, the National Policy on E-governance, among others, have been adopted by the Buhari administration to support the growth of technology and innovation in the country.
In his response, Mr Bradford Smith, President Microsoft Corporation, stated that his company’s vision for investment in Nigeria was one that would lead to the creation of Africa’s most viable technology ecosystem and “it is the demonstration of our country’s enthusiasm about the digital transformation ongoing in Nigeria under the Buhari administration.”