The Federal Government has signed a N1 billion deal with telecommunications company IHS Towers to build learning communities across Nigeria for the 3 Million Technical Talent programmes.

The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, announced the partnership on his X account on Monday.

In the statement, Tijani revealed that the N1 billion funding received from IHS Towers encompasses not only financial support but also commitment that covers the salaries of 37 dedicated learning community managers for each location over the course of the next three years.

“I am excited to announce a N1 Billion partnership between the @FMoCDENigeria (the ministry) and @IHSTowers
to establish the 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT) Learning Community. This initiative, which is in support of our recently launched 3MTT programme, will facilitate the set-up of learning communities in the 36 states and the FCT.

“The N1billion funding from IHS Towers also includes a commitment to paying the salaries of 37 dedicated learning community managers for each location for the next 3 years.
“This is the first in a number of partnerships that we will be securing in support of our targets, specifically for the 3MTT programme and broadly for the Knowledge pillar in our Strategic Blueprint. #3MTT #NigerianExcellence,” the statement read.

The reports that the 3MTT programme, according to Tijani, is a critical part of the Federal Government’s Renewed Hope agenda.

The programme aimed to generate a pipeline of technical talent in line with President Bola Tinubu’s vision of creating two million digital jobs by 2025.

The ministry will select individuals who have expressed interest in acquiring specific skills and will cover the expenses associated with their training.

The technical skills include Software Development, UI/UX Design, Data Analysis and visualisation, Quality Assurance, Productiov Management, Data Science, Animation, AI/Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Game Development, Cloud Computing, and Dev Ops.