President Bola Tinubu has expressed the willingness of the Federal Government of Nigeria to support global tech giant Google Incorporated to create one million digital jobs in Nigeria.
Dele Alake, Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, disclosed this on Friday during a courtesy visit by Google Global Vice President, Mr Richard Gingras.
President Tinubu told the visiting Google executive that Nigeria has creative and talented young people who are ready and motivated to learn, especially in this age of Artificial Intelligence, stressing that the tech giant has the capabilities and tools that the young people need to excel.
“I am glad that Google is ready to partner with us. You have answered our call on digital innovation and to help our youths. 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,” the President said.
On Google’s promotion of free speech, freedom of the press and democracy through its platforms, President Tinubu declared: “It is in public interest to continue to defend free press and free speech. We are committed to supporting a free society.”
In his address, the Google Vice President had earlier told President Tinubu that he was in Nigeria for the West Africa Journalism Innovation Conference.
He said he had been inspired by the creativity and talent of young people in Nigeria who are embracing technology and digital tools to expand access to information and promote democracy.
Mr Gingras told President Tinubu that his organisation has deep interest in Nigeria and stands ready to support the Federal Government.
He said that Google would help secure Nigeria in the age of disinformation and fake news, saying that his organisation seeks to continue its partnership with the Nigerian government.