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Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Ebunoluwa2020(f): 12:20pm On Jan 08
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
 
OSINBAJO WELCOMES MICROSOFT'S OFFER TO SUPPORT NIGERIA'S ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
 
*Top US-based tech firm joins global giants Facebook, Google, HUAWEI others focusing more on the country
 
*VP: We will use technology to engage our youths & address issues affecting our people
 
*Microsoft: Nigeria's tech space would become most viable in Africa


Just as global technology giants including Google Inc., HUAWEI, and top social networking company, Facebook, another international tech heavyweight, Microsoft Corporation, has disclosed plans to partner with the Federal Government for the benefit of the Nigerian people, especially young people.
 
Specifically, Microsoft is now offering support for the Digital Transformation pillar of the Federal Government's Economic Sustainability Plan. This will be a continuation of the technology company's investment in Nigeria after the establishment of an African Technology Development Centre in 2020, all in affirmation of the efforts of the Buhari administration in the creation of a viable technology ecosystem in Nigeria.
 
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Thursday noted in a virtual meeting with Microsoft Corporation team led by its President, Mr Brad Smith that the company’s interest in supporting the efforts of the Federal Government is a welcome development and could be leveraged to address issues affecting the youths especially in engaging them productively.
 
While Google Inc. in July 2020 announced plans to establish its first Google Launchpad Space outside the United States in Lagos, Facebook, in September of same year made public its decision to open an office in Lagos as part of its planned expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa. HUAWEI on the other hand last November promised the Vice President that the company will position Nigeria as a technology center for the African continent.
 
Speaking on the need to constantly engage with the youths, the Vice President noted that Nigeria’s case is peculiar given that the youths constitute a larger percentage of the country’s population hence the need for all stakeholders to pay more attention to that demography.
 
His words: “It seems to me that there is just a wave of general anger around the world and people are generally impatient. Impatient with government, impatient with practically all of the formal structures there are.
 
“But I am open and happy to hear what views there might be on trying to engage and engage even more with young people (and in our case, that is 70% of our population, if not more). So, we are really talking not just about the youth population but the Nigerian populace because that is the majority. So, whatever it is that we are able to deploy to be more inclusive, to engage, even more, is really a solution for the entire populace as opposed to a solution for just a segment of our population especially given the fact that young people constitute 70% or even more.”
 
Speaking on the government efforts in developing the technology space especially in boosting viable sectors of the economy, Prof. Osinbajo noted that “we have a digital innovation initiative which we hope will be the foundation for doing far more in the digital space than we are doing at the moment.”
 
Continuing, Prof. Osinbajo emphasized that “just looking at agriculture, this is obviously something that we’ve spent quite a bit of time and resources on especially in the past few years. We have also seen the development of a good number of agric-tech type companies and fin-techs that are also working in the agric sector. So, it’s a whole load of innovation around the agric tech space, especially in the past few years. So, I think we really are up for programmes that will support these sorts of agric-tech initiatives”.
 
Referring to the partnership with Microsoft, especially the establishment of the development centre, the Vice President said “I have always wondered how Microsoft can just be a much more effective partner with us as a country.
 
“Beginning with the African Development Centre which I think is excellent, I think it shows the commitment of Microsoft in developing the digital centre here in Nigeria. And it also shows the company’s confidence in the sort of talents that we have and the commitment of government to ensuring that we develop that talent in the best possible ways that we can.”
 
Assuring investors in the Nigerian economy of the commitment of the Buhari administration in creating the right environment for businesses to thrive, the Vice President said “we are all working to create the right environment for innovation and creativity. That remains an issue that we are dealing with on a daily basis, and I think that the challenges are the challenges of the sort that we are going to have to be dealing with (in my view) even in the coming years.”
 
On his part, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isa Pantami, said the Federal Government has already put in place the necessary structures to partner with Microsoft and other tech companies in developing Nigeria’s technology ecosystem.
 
He said the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy, the National Policy on E-governance, among others, have been adopted by the Buhari administration to support the growth of technology and innovation in the country.
 
Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Smith, noted that his company’s vision for investment in Nigeria was one that would lead to the creation of Africa’s most viable technology ecosystem.
 
Mr Smith said the company’s investment in Nigeria is a demonstration of its enthusiasm about the digital transformation ongoing in Nigeria under the Buhari administration.
 
He proposed a 90-day timeline for stakeholders on the government side and from Microsoft, to iron out details of the various areas of collaboration.
 
Other participants at the meeting include the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami; Microsoft Corporation’s Country Manager for Nigeria and Ghana, Mr Akin Banuso, among others.
 
Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President
8th January 2021

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by TheRareGem1(f): 12:21pm On Jan 08
I think the silicon valley visit by Osinbajo is paying off. I went there, marvelled the investors and later, they announced that they are going to train 10million youths in Africa; out of this number, 5 million youths will come from Nigeria.

This again is coming after the VP had a virtual meeting with Hauwei and told them, they should help improve youths skills.

Sensible youths will key into this opportunity. Keep your eyes open and your ears wide because information will be rolled out ...don't just wail. It's 2021.. go easy on wailing

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by ojokolax: 12:21pm On Jan 08
This is highly encouraging to our entrepreneurs and commendable.

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Thunder1010: 12:22pm On Jan 08
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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by okefranci: 12:26pm On Jan 08
We are in the era digital and computer which really contributed to our fast development
Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Eddie4God(m): 12:56pm On Jan 08
Good one, hope all these supports bears positive fruits. because i am tired of past & present Nigeria govts using us to catch cruise with different economic & social programs/plan that will later amount to little or nothing.

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Joyce95: 1:17pm On Jan 08
We really appreciate your great wisdom sir, on this digital and Microsoft Word development

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by CSTRR: 1:20pm On Jan 08
Electricity electricity electricity.
Without stable electricity, FDI would be poor.

Imagine PEOPLE coding at Facebook and NEPA carry light.

Hundreds of Lines of codes disappear.

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Nairalandian(m): 1:43pm On Jan 08
Till I start seeing results, Nigeria is useless.

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Obagreatdatoye(m): 1:48pm On Jan 08
CSTRR:
Electricity electricity electricity.
Without stable electricity, FDI would be poor.

Imagine PEOPLE coding at Facebook and NEPA carry light.

Hundreds of Lines of codes disappear.
This one got me...lol grin

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by merits(m): 3:27pm On Jan 08
Audio again I cried out loud.

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Stateoforigin: 3:27pm On Jan 08
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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by visijo(m): 3:27pm On Jan 08
nice

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Jeff Bezos DIVORCED

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Think9ja(m): 3:27pm On Jan 08
He still won't be president come 2023.

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by abragr8: 3:27pm On Jan 08
Good
Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by YorubaPrince: 3:27pm On Jan 08
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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by mustafaa: 3:28pm On Jan 08
Good.

But I don't like the way they loosely used "offer to support" like say na free. Nigeria is the biggest and largest economy in Africa and 25th in the world. As it is now, It's riskier for any global tech giant to sleep on India and Nigeria.

You are coming to support nothing but tap into the opportunities that are bound in Nigeria.

Nothing is free.

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by browniecay: 3:28pm On Jan 08
Good one
Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by evergreen9: 3:28pm On Jan 08
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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by YorubaPrince: 3:28pm On Jan 08
CSTRR:
Electricity electricity electricity.
Without stable electricity, FDI would be poor.
Imagine PEOPLE coding at Facebook and NEPA carry light.
Hundreds of Lines of codes disappear.

God bless you bro.

Na who get power go fit use computer. undecided

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by nairaman66(m): 3:30pm On Jan 08
All these are useless without POWER (electricity). Fix POWER and watch everything transform. Don’t these politicians see how stable electricity is when they travel abroad? Or are they blind?

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by illicit(m): 3:30pm On Jan 08
Nice one....

Make dem share data for everybody

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Wapng: 3:31pm On Jan 08
all these old men should leave that seat for young guys to take over

How Amapiano is gradually taking over Afrobeat in Nigeria
Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Snitch24(m): 3:31pm On Jan 08
dem wan use us do research again chaii
Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by AgainstIslam(f): 3:33pm On Jan 08
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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by slimman007: 3:33pm On Jan 08
Obagreatdatoye:

This one got me...lol grin

That is why its advisable to use laptop rather than desktop computer which in most case has no backup system..

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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by AuwalYusuf812(m): 3:33pm On Jan 08
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Re: Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft's Offer To support Nigeria's ESP by Tylenbest: 3:34pm On Jan 08
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