President Bola Tinubu has stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria is eager to assist Google, the worldwide technology company, in creating one million digital employment in Nigeria. Tinubu made the assurance in Abuja on Friday evening during a visit to his office by Richard Gingras, Vice President of News at Google.
The president told a visiting Google executive that Nigeria is full of creative and intelligent young people who are eager to learn.
“I am glad that Google is ready to partner with us. You have answered our call on digital innovation and to help our youths,” a statement issued by Dele Alake, special adviser to the president on special duties, communications and strategy, quoted Tinubu as saying.
“You are supporting our efforts to promote the digital economy. We are ready to work with you on your commitment to create 1 million digital jobs in Nigeria.
“We will give you all the support you need to have a beneficial corporate responsibility. We have started our economic reforms, even though tortuous.”
Regarding Google’s promotion of free speech, press freedom, and democracy through its platforms, Tinubu stated that it is in the public interest that free speech and press freedom be protected.
“It is in the public interest to continue defending free press and free expression.” “We are dedicated to promoting a free society,” he stated.
Gingras, for his part, assured Tinubu that his organization is deeply invested in Nigeria and stands ready to assist the federal government.
He outlined Google’s numerous capabilities, which include artificial intelligence and other digital advancements that are empowering young people to become digital entrepreneurs.
Gingras also stated that Google’s Equiano undersea cable, named for the Nigerian slave abolitionist, will have a big impact on future internet connectivity demands.
He also stated that Google intends to continue its relationship with the Nigerian government to help secure the country in the age of disinformation and fake news.
“Google has a deep interest in Nigeria. We want to support the government’s efforts to create 1 million digital jobs. We have all the tools and capabilities to make this happen. We will also help to secure Nigeria and we have discussed that with your National Security Adviser,” Gingras said.
“I came to Nigeria to learn. I am going back home very impressed with what I saw. You have very vibrant, creative and talented young people who are embracing innovation. We will continue to support your programmes to expand your digital economy.”