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Facebook To Train 20,000 Nigerian Youths



About 20,000 Nigerian youths are to be trained in digital software job creation by Facebook, a United States-based social media firm, the director-general of the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has disclosed.

Pantami, who gave the hint while speaking to journalists on arrival from the United States, yesterday, where he accompanied Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the Silicon Valley, said the Nigerian delegation held a fruitful meeting with about 67 ICT-based companies who indicated interest to invest in Nigeria through youth skill acquisition in ICT.

He noted that the Nigerian ICT industry is attracting the interest of some of the biggest ICT companies in the world, even as he said Nigeria expects to attract ICT investments worth over $1billion.

The NITDA DG said, “The entire event was coordinated by the office of the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and he invited me to join him on the trip. The theme of the summit is “Invest In Nigeria.” We embarked on that trip to solicit investors’ support, particularly in our tech industry. We were in Silicon Valley where we had a meeting with their major investors.