Nigeria’s 3 Million Technical Talent Programme Surges with Over 550,000 Applications

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The Nigerian government has been inundated with a staggering 550,000 applications from individuals across the nation for the inaugural phase of the Three Million Technical Talent Programme (3MTT Programme). Dr. Bosun Tijani, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, unveiled this staggering response during a press briefing following the Federal Executive Council’s weekly meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Dr. Tijani unveiled that the Nigerian government is actively collaborating with states such as Cross River, Kwara, and Ogun to explore the possibility of sharing infrastructure. This collaboration aims to expedite the delivery of the training programme to the extensive pool of applicants.

The wide-ranging distribution of applications serves as a compelling indicator of the government’s optimism regarding the 3MTT programme. The Minister underlined the growing role of technology in fulfilling Nigeria’s obligations and modernizing public services, emphasizing the necessity of a skilled workforce to drive this transformation.

The 3MTT programme, a groundbreaking initiative, is geared towards training a remarkable 3 million technical talents over the upcoming four years and subsequently ensuring their seamless integration into gainful employment. While the program’s initial goal for its inaugural batch was 30,000 candidates, it was met with an overwhelming response of over 550,000 applications from every corner of Nigeria. Dr. Tijani underscored the global trend’s increasing reliance on technology, coupled with a growing worldwide deficit of tech talent.

In his remarks, the Minister elaborated that the 3MTT programme aspires not only to cultivate a local tech-savvy workforce but also to empower young Nigerians with technological prowess to work remotely for global corporations. This transformative vision aligns with the government’s aim to position Nigeria as a net exporter of tech talent, ushering in new prospects and opportunities for the nation.

In addition to this groundbreaking announcement, Senator David Umahi, the Minister of Works, unveiled that he had presented a memo for council approval. This proposal pertains to the development of coastal roads spanning from Lagos to Port Harcourt, with extensions to Cross River. The Trans-Sahara route, harvest roads from Enugu to Cameroon, phase 2 road projects, and the Badagry to Sokoto road have all been granted financing approval. These ambitious projects will be executed following the engineering, procurement, construction, and financing model, representing a substantial stride towards the country’s infrastructural development.

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