NITDA Opens Applications for Free AI Training with $500 Million Boost for One Million Jobs; Age Limit and Google Partnership Announced.
The National Information Development Agency (NITDA) has taken a great step towards advancing Nigeria’s digital landscape by launching a comprehensive Artificial Intelligence (AI) training program.
In a bid to empower Nigerians and create one million jobs, the agency has secured a substantial $500 million in funding. This article explores the details of NITDA’s initiative, including eligibility criteria, age limits, and the promising partnership with tech giant Google.
NITDA’s AI Training Program: Empowering the Future
The National Information Development Agency (NITDA), operating under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has introduced a groundbreaking AI training program. The agency announced this initiative on X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday, August 31, 2023. This program is specifically designed for Cohort 11 AI developers and aims to nurture and cultivate AI talent in Abuja.
Catering to Diverse Skill Levels
NITDA recognizes the diversity of AI enthusiasts in Nigeria, and as such, it has developed two distinct tracks for this program: the Beginner and Intermediary levels. This approach ensures that both newcomers and those with some AI experience can benefit from the training.
Age No Barrier: Inclusion of NYSC Members and More
A standout feature of NITDA’s program is its inclusivity. It is open to Nigerians aged 15 and above, making it accessible to a wide range of individuals, including National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, students, graduates, and tech enthusiasts. To accommodate participants, NITDA welcomes those who reside in Abuja or have suitable logistics arrangements.
A Visionary Partnership with Google
This AI training program is not just an isolated effort; it aligns with the grand vision of the Nigerian government to create one million jobs through technology. In July, the government expressed its readiness to collaborate with Google to achieve this ambitious goal. During a visit by Google’s Vice President Richard Gingras, the Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu, Dele Alakee, assured Google of Nigeria’s creative and talented youth population, primed to learn and innovate in the digital age.
A $500 Million Boost for Nigerian Startups
Additionally, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, disclosed that the Nigerian government has secured a remarkable $500 million to initiate a local funding program. This initiative aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship within Nigeria’s digital sector. Tijani emphasized the government’s commitment to supporting homegrown enterprises and contributing to the country’s economic progress through domestic funding.
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NITDA Opens Applications for Free AI Training.
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