FG and Nokia Sign MOU to Equip Nigerians with 4G/5G Technology Skills

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nokia Solutions and Networks Nigeria to provide training for young Nigerians in the latest 4G/5G radio and transmission technologies at the NCC’s Digital Parks.

Dr. Aminu Maina, the Executive Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, announced this development via a post on his X handle. He stated that the training sessions would take place nationwide at the Commission’s Digital Parks.

As part of the MoU, Nokia Nigeria will establish a fully functional 5G/4G test lab, utilizing their cutting-edge radio and transmission technologies. This initiative aims to equip Nigerian youth with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry.

Maida said, “This collaboration aligns with our vision to bolster the capacity and skillset of Nigerians, empowering them with the latest skills and knowledge required to thrive in the dynamically changing telecommunications sector.”

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200 students to be trained

“In line with the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy’s objective of promoting digital literacy and cultivating a pool of technical expertise nationwide, Nokia Nigeria will establish an Entrepreneur Learning Program.

This initiative will provide top-notch vocational training to 200 Nigerian students selected from all six geopolitical zones of the country,” the NCC boss elaborated.

He further emphasized that through the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), being executed by various government agencies including the NCC, Nigeria is committed to achieving a 90% digital literacy rate by 2030.

Digital literacy across population

Speaking about the recent target, Dr. Bosun Tijani, the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, emphasized that the digital literacy plan extends beyond just the youth to encompass older demographics as well.

“The goal by 2030 is to ensure that 90% of Nigerians are digitally literate. Digital literacy doesn’t solely focus on becoming a technical expert; rather, it provides individuals with the foundational skills to choose whether they want to participate in the digital economy,” Dr. Tijani elaborated.

He highlighted the importance of ensuring that the majority of the population is digitally literate to prevent any segments from being left behind. This inclusivity extends not only to the physically challenged but also to older individuals. Hence, the digital literacy program in the plan caters to these diverse demographics.

Dr. Tijani further emphasized the government’s efforts to onboard individuals who may lack the foundational understanding of technology. He acknowledged that while younger people are often more adept at technology, it’s crucial to bridge the gap and ensure that everyone has a level of technological proficiency.

“We aim to foster an economy where technology is of interest to everyone, and a significant portion of the population possesses a basic understanding of technology,” he concluded.