The United States (U.S) government yesterday promised to support programmes that provide youths with quality technological learning opportunities, which will translate to tech skills acquisition which it said remained crucial to Nigeria’s prosperity and economic competitiveness.
Its Consul-General, Will Stevens, gave the pledge when he joined representatives from leading American tech companies, Nigerian technology and business leaders for the official opening of the Digital Expert Academy in Lagos.
Founded by 21st Century Technologies, the Digital Expert Academy seeks to create opportunities to train and upskill young Nigerians in artificial intelligence, digital infrastructure, machine learning, cloud services, data science, data center management, among other tech fields.
Delivering keynote remarks on the theme “Technology as an Enabler and Tool for Empowerment,” Stevens said the U.S. government is committed to supporting programmes that provide youths with quality technological learning opportunities.
The U.S. envoy said the Joe Biden administration’s U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa aims to drive digital transformation and foster a digital ecosystem built on open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet and information and communication technology.