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Facebook to train 50,000 Nigerians on Digital skills


No fewer than 50,000 Nigerians will be trained by social media platform, Facebook, of which includes students, small and medium enterprise owners among others in digital skills.

Facebook also revealed its plans to open first community hub space in Nigeria next year to motivate software developers and technology entrepreneurs.

Also, Facebook equally explained that it would be supporting a few existing tech Hubs to serve the communities outside Lagos.

It will function as learning centres for local communities, providing several opportunities for training and access.

The social media platform made the announcements in Lagos, in a meeting with different journalists and stakeholders in the technology ecosystem.

Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships, Middle East & Africa, disclosed that Nigeria is growing a new generation of exciting start-ups that have massive potential. We also understand the importance Facebook here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and we have invested in helping these communities build for the next billion.

Facebook said; our key passion is nurturing and helping to develop the tech and start up communities. I’m glad to announce the partnership with Nigerian tech Hub ecosystem especially the NG_HUB space here in Lagos.

Facebook was committed to working with Nigerian small businesses, technology entrepreneurs and the next generation of leaders to greatly understand and maximize the power of digital tools for the economic growth of the country.

Facebook said, we are launching different learning based programmes facilitated by our local training partners; these is designed to provide skills that leads to employment and also support growth of small enterprises. Our goal is to train and support over 50,000 students, enterprises and creative entrepreneurs across Nigeria through various digital skills training, as well as long term impact programmes.

Mr Emeka said that Community hub will be multi-faceted innovative space. And will connect and bring developers, start-ups together and the wider community to collaborate learn and relate ideas.