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April 22, 2024
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Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani,

Ministry commences phase 2 of 3MTT initiative, selects 270,000 Fellows

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By Jessica Dogo

The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, has announced the commencement and selection of 270,000 Fellows for the second phase of three Million Technical Talent (3MTT) initiative.

Tijani made the announcement virtually in Abuja.

He said that the initiative was set to position Nigeria as a net-exporter of talents.

Tijani said that the 3MTT second phase would train a total of 270,000 Fellows bringing it to 10 per cent after the first 30,000.

He added that the initiative had so far attracted about 1.8 million registrations from intended trainees in the 774 Local Governments across Nigeria.

According to Tijani, the launch of the second cohort was for the pilot phase of the programme.

“Our 270,000 new Fellows will have the opportunity to go through their courses in the next 12 to 18 months, and the goal here is to continue to provide them with cutting-edge content.

“This will make them learn at their own pace and also link them up to physical learning locations close to where they live.

“As we continue to build out these opportunities, our goal is to support our people to ensure that we can give them the skill set that they require to participate in the global digital economy.

“We understand that as we empower them, we will end up strengthening our ability to defend our GDP as a country.

“To defend the complexity of our economy, as well as ensure that we continue to drive the growth that we want to see in our beloved country,” he said.

The minister disclosed that the ministry was engaging with partners to provide support for fellows who may choose to start technology-focused businesses after their training.

Tijani said, “As we continue interacting, we are working with partners to ensure those who want to go the route of entrepreneurship can be supported to kick off their small businesses to start their technology start-ups.

“Hopefully it will help create a solution to many of the problems that we face in the country that technology can help address.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 3MTT initiative was launched in November 2023 is to empower Nigerians with critical digital skills.

It is the largest talent accelerator in the world targeted at driving effective and efficient use of technology to transform government services and creating workforce that can deepen the application of technology across critical sectors. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Bashir Rabe Mani

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