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Pantami partners IBM to train Nigerians on Blockchain, AI, Cloud Computing, other IT skills


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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has partnered with the IBM Digital Nation Africa programme to provide Nigerians with cutting edge digital skills within the comfort of their homes.

The minister’s Technical Assistant on Information Technology, Dr Femi Adeluyi, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, the programme would provide the beneficiaries with over 280+ hours of free learning & 85+ courses on key emerging technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Computing.

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This is consequent to the launching of the Digital Nigeria Programme by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 19.

According to the statement, the programme is in line with the Digital Nigeria Programme launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 19.

The minister noted that the programme, with promoting options for digital training of Nigerians was important, especially at a time when the world stays home to combat the spread of ‪COVID-19.

He, therefore, advised Nigerians to register at http://idna.digitalnigeria.gov.ng or through the “IBM Digital Nation Africa” App on Google Play Store, saying that similar opportunities would be shared in the coming days on the company’s social media pages and website.

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“These programmes will include training courses provided as a result of our collaborations with the following partners; African Development Bank (Coding for Employment programme); and Huawei (ICT Academy Telecom and Information Technology Skills programme),” the statement said.

The minister assured that it was committed to developing the capacity of Nigerians to use technology to solve problems.

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“We will also deploy technology to limit the disruption to education and the economy caused by COVID-19.

“Through the Digital Nigeria programme we will empower Nigerians to develop skills and build innovative solutions to tackle challenges within our community. #DigitalNigeria,” the statement said.

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