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Tinubu urge Meta to support Nigeria become Africa’s digital hub

Tinubu urge Meta to support Nigeria become Africa’s digital hub
  • PublishedMarch 21, 2024

President Bola Tinubu yesterday told Meta, the parent body of Facebook, whatsapp and Instagram to take the opportunity of different channels the federal government has opened to partner Nigeria and help it become Africa’s technology hub.

Tinubu who received a delegation of the social media giant in Aso Rock, Abuja, told the team that his administration is sustaining investments in digital technology to enhance the sustainability of small businesses, expand opportunities across sectors, and propel Nigeria to become the hub of information and communications technology in Africa.

The delegation, led by Sir Nick Clegg, former UK Deputy Prime Minister and Meta’s President of Global Affairs, agreed with the President that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind in this age of technological advancements.

Clegg commended the president for an executive order he issued, which enabled the landing of the Meta-backed deep-sea cable in Nigeria.

Addressing the team, the president said: “We are serious with our 3MTT programme, which is training three million Nigerian youths in digital technology and essential skills before deploying them to innovation hubs across the nation, because the Nigerian youths are the most critical asset in Nigeria’s arsenal as it moves to achieve digital economic expansion.

“For us in Nigeria, we have a vibrant, gifted and resourceful youth population. Recognizing that the future is most likely to be AI-enabled, we have to prepare our youths and make them ready to compete and participate in the global economy.

“I can assure you that Nigeria is open for business. We want to lead the African continent in digital technology. Data is valuable to our development. We are ready to cooperate on technological advancements. It is the only way to go. We need a collaboration that will be a win-win for all,” President Tinubu said.


Responding, Clegg said: “It is an extraordinary infrastructure project. When it comes on stream in the first quarter of 2025, it will be twice as much as the capacity of all subsea cables that exist. We buried the cable 50 percent deeper than any other subsea cables under the seabed. It is more powerful and more extensive in terms of its geographical connectivity. It could yield up to 37 billion dollars worth of increase in economic activity in the next two or three years across the African continent,” he said.

He added that Meta will introduce in June 2024 a feature on its Instagram app that will allow Nigerian creators to monetize their content to enable them to earn a living using the app.

“We have a lot to do with Nigeria to deepen partnerships,” he added. Vanguard.

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Regina Robinson

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