Covid-19: We’ll deploy technology for disrupt education – Pantami

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has said  that the Ministry is committed to developing the capacity of Nigerians to use technology to solve problems as it will also deploy technology to limit the disruption to education and the economy caused by COVID-19.

In a statement released by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi on Thursday, he said promoting options for digital training for Nigerians is important at a time when the world stays home to combat the spread of COVID-19. He noted that Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is partnering with a number of institutions to enable Nigerians acquire cutting edge digital skills within the comfort of their homes.

“One of such partnerships is based on the MoU signed with IBM on the 16th of January, 2020. “Through this partnership and as part of the IBM Digital Nation Africa programme, the Ministry will be providing Nigerians with over 280+ hours of free learning and 85+ courses on key emerging technologies like, Blockchain; Artificial Intelligence; Big Data; and Cloud Computing. Nigerians are encouraged to register today”, he said.

He added that the programmes will include training courses provided as a result of our collaborations with the following partners: African Development Bank (Coding for Employment programme); and Huawei (ICT Academy Telecom and Information Technology Skills programme). “Through the Digital Nigeria programme we will empower Nigerians to develop skills and build innovative solutions to tackle challenges within our community”, he said.

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