President Bola Tinubu has stated that the Federal Government (FG) is eager to assist Google, the worldwide internet giant, in creating one million digital employment in Nigeria.
Tinubu provided the guarantee in Abuja on Friday evening during a visit to his office by Richard Gingras, Google’s vice president of news.
The president informed the visiting Google CEO that Nigeria has innovative and talented young people who are eager to learn.
“I am delighted that Google is willing to collaborate with us.” “You have responded to our call for digital innovation and to assist our youths,” Tinubu was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Dele Alake, special adviser to the president on special duties, communications, and strategy.
“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.”
Regarding Google’s promotion of free speech, press freedom, and democracy through its platforms, Tinubu stated that it is in the public interest that free speech and press freedom be protected.
“It is in public interest to continue to defend free press and free speech. We are committed to supporting a free society,” he said.
Gingras, for his part, assured Tinubu that his organization is deeply invested in Nigeria and stands ready to assist the federal government.
He outlined Google’s numerous capabilities, which include artificial intelligence and other digital advancements that are empowering young people to become digital entrepreneurs.
He also stated that Google’s Equiano undersea cable, named for a Nigerian slave abolitionist, will have a big impact on future internet connectivity demands.
He also stated that Google intends to continue its relationship with the Nigerian government in order to help secure the country in the age of disinformation and fake news.
“Google has deep interest in Nigeria. We want to support the government’s efforts to create 1 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,” Gingras said.
“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.
“We will continue to support your programmes to expand your digital economy.”