On Friday, President Bola Tinubu expressed the Federal Government of Nigeria’s readiness to assist Google Incorporated, the global tech giant, in creating one million digital jobs in the country.
During the visit of Google Global Vice President, Mr. Richard Gingras, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the President conveyed his assurance, highlighting that Nigeria boasts creative and talented young individuals who are eager to learn, especially in the era of Artificial Intelligence. He commended Google for having the capabilities and tools that can empower these young people to excel.
President Tinubu stated, “I am glad that Google is ready to partner with us. You have responded to our call for digital innovation and support for our youths. You are backing our efforts to promote the digital economy. We are ready to collaborate with you to fulfill your commitment of creating 1 million digital jobs in Nigeria. We will provide all the support you need to carry out beneficial corporate responsibility. Despite the challenges, we have already begun our economic reforms.”
Regarding Google’s promotion of free speech, freedom of the press, and democracy through its platforms, President Tinubu affirmed the importance of not hindering free speech and press freedom, as it is in the public interest to protect these rights and uphold a free society.
In his address, Google Vice President Mr. Richard Gingras mentioned that he was in Nigeria for the West Africa Journalism Innovation Conference. He expressed admiration for the creativity and talent of Nigerian youths who are leveraging technology and digital tools to expand access to information and promote democracy.
Mr. Gingras conveyed Google’s deep interest in Nigeria and its commitment to supporting the Federal Government. He highlighted Google’s capabilities in areas like Artificial Intelligence and other digital innovations, which empower young people to become digital entrepreneurs. He also mentioned the Google subsea cable, Equiano, named after Nigerian slave abolitionist, which landed in Nigeria in April 2022 and significantly impacts future internet connectivity demands.
Furthermore, Mr. Gingras pledged Google’s assistance in securing Nigeria against disinformation and fake news, mentioning that discussions about this have already taken place with the National Security Adviser. He expressed Google’s continued partnership with the Nigerian government and its dedication to supporting programs that expand the digital economy.
Accompanying Mr. Gingras on the visit were Mr. Adewolu Adene, Government and Public Affairs Manager for Google in West Africa, and Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of Premium Times.
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