Minister outlines strategy to cultivate 3 million tech talents

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admin October 3, 2023
Updated 2023/10/03 at 9:10 AM

On Monday, a Nigerian government official unveiled a strategy to cultivate three million Nigerians with technical abilities by 2027.

The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, presented the plan in a 31-page document called ‘Accelerating our Collective Prosperity through Technical Efficiency’, which was released on Monday.

Mr Tijani emphasized the ministry’s determination to nurture talent and stated that their aim is to train three million individuals with early to mid-career technical skills within the next four years.

These trainings will encompass a range of tech-related aptitudes, including both tech-enabled and tech-adjacent abilities, as well as core tech competencies and advanced proficiencies.

The objective of this comprehensive approach is to empower our workforce to succeed in an ever-changing technological environment. Our main goal is to retain at least 1.5 million skilled professionals in our local talent pool and provide opportunities for another 1.5 million individuals to excel in the global talent market, preferably through remote work.

Our priority is to position Nigeria among the top 25 percent globally in research across six key Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technological fields, which include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Blockchain, and Additive Manufacturing.

The ministry is dedicated to creating an environment that fosters research and expertise in these critical technological areas through specific programs.

He stated that by utilizing these technologies, their objective is to enhance Nigeria’s position within the global technology community and contribute to the growth and competitiveness of their economy.


He further mentioned that their goal of achieving 95 percent digital literacy by 2030 is a crucial aspect of their vision for an inclusive digital nation. They are dedicated to making significant progress towards this target within the next four years.


He explained that the ministry aims to reach 70 percent of this objective by 2027, which would be a significant milestone on their path towards creating an inclusive and digitally empowered country.


He also outlined that their strategy to achieve this goal will involve various aspects, such as an extensive educational program, enhanced digital infrastructure, and ensuring universal access to digital resources.

“Our goal is not only to foster the growth of our citizens but also to create a solid foundation for a thriving economy. To achieve this, we will collaborate with stakeholders to train three million technical talents and prioritize job placement by the end of 2027.

Additionally, we aim to increase the level of digital literacy in the population to 70 percent by the same deadline,” he stated.

The minister emphasized that in today’s interconnected world, knowledge is crucial for countries to build a strong and sustainable economy.

It serves as the basis for generating innovations and technologies that drive economic growth, expanding the talent pool for increased competitiveness, improving productivity, and informing evidence-based policymaking.

He added that as a Ministry, their mandate is to contribute to the diversification of the Nigerian economy through enhanced technical efficiency facilitated by technological innovation, which relies on the effective application of knowledge.

He stated that the importance of knowledge cannot be underestimated in our strategic plan for the next 4 years. He emphasized that our plan aims to make Nigeria a global hub for technical talent and a net exporter of talent, focusing on three main objectives.

These objectives include strengthening our position in global research in key technology areas, enhancing the complexity and dynamics of our economy by significantly increasing digital literacy across the country.

Regarding artificial intelligence, Mr. Tijani highlighted that it will bring about a new era of technological and economic transformation over the next two decades.

He emphasized the need for a national strategy that effectively harnesses the potential of AI in an inclusive and responsible manner. In order to achieve this, we are adopting a unique approach to gather the necessary expertise and perspectives to develop a forward-thinking strategy.

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