By Ahmad Deedat Zakari
The Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, strengthens its relationship with Google West Africa.
The NITDA Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa, made this known on Friday, April 8, 2022, while playing host to the Google West African Director, Juliet Ehimuan, in Abuja.
“If we can come together to strengthen the collaboration, we will eliminate duplication of efforts and working in silos,” He said.
Mr Inuwa emphasized the importance of a good relationship between the two organizations and the aim of governmental regulations.
“Together, we can achieve greater results. Governmental regulations are not to stifle or be an obstacle to your business; rather, it is to enable and unlock more opportunities and protect your business and our citizens,” He stated
Mr Inuwa also commended the effort of Google in the capacity building of Nigerians with a plan to train about five million Nigerians.
Ehimuan, in her remarks, thanked NITDA for being one of Google’s major partners in the public sector with precedence of a great working relationship.
She confirmed the fact that Google has invested in a lot of capacity building over the years.
“Our initial estimate is to contribute directly and indirectly to create about 1.6 million jobs over time and work around device financing in partnership with telcos to make sure that people have access either through infrastructure or device data to gauge the digital world”, she disclosed.
According to Ehimuan, they will be about 300 million more internet users in Africa in the next five years, which will translate to more jobs and an enormous contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).