President Bola Tinubu has expressed the willingness of the Federal Government to support Tech giant, Google Incorporated, to create one million digital jobs in Nigeria.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications & Strategy, Dele Alake, who stated that the President gave the assurance at the State House on Friday during the visit of Google Global Vice President, Richard Gingras, to his office.
Tinubu told the visiting Google executive that Nigeria had creative and talented young people who were ready and motivated to learn, especially in this age of digital revolution.
“I am glad that Google is ready to partner with us. You have answered our call on digital innovation and to help our youths. You are supporting our efforts to promote 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”, he stated.
According to the President, it is in the public interest that free speech and press freedom should not be impeded.
“It is in the public interest to continue to defend free press and free speech. We are committed to supporting a free society,” the President said.
On his part, the Google Vice President said that he was in Nigeria for the West Africa Journalism Innovation Conference.
He said he had been inspired by the creativity and talent of young people in Nigeria who are embracing technology and digital tools to expand access to information and promote democracy.
“We will continue to support your programmes to expand your digital economy,” Gingras said.
“Google has a deep interest in Nigeria. We want to support the government’s efforts to create one 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.
“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.”