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Communications’ Minister targets 90% digital literacy for Nigerians by 2030

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Dr. Bosun Tijani

The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani has set an ambitious target for Nigeria, stating that “by 2030, 90% of Nigerians should be digitally literate.”

He emphasized the importance of digital literacy, explaining that it provides individuals with the foundational skills necessary to engage in the digital economy.

He disclosed this during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program, the minister highlighted the government’s commitment to achieving this goal.

He also unveiled plans to train three million Nigerians in technical skills within the coming years, with a collaborative effort between his ministry and state governments to ensure the success of this initiative.

He said,

Additionally, Dr Tijani revealed plans to establish hardware training centres in prominent tech hubs like Aba in Abia State and Computer Village in Lagos State.

These centres aim to promote manpower development and create job opportunities for all Nigerians.

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When asked about the potential inclusion of indigenous languages as the language of instruction in tech training and software development in Nigeria, the minister emphasized the importance of ensuring Nigeria’s active participation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) development.

He stated,

To achieve this, the government is supporting projects and initiatives that encompass all languages in Nigeria, not just the well-known ones like Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo, in the AI drive.

This initiative aims to ensure that machines can recognize and work with all of Nigeria’s diverse languages, including those that may have been previously overlooked.

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