• Tue. Jul 16th, 2024


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nokia Solutions and Networks Nigeria, aimed at equipping young Nigerians with advanced skills in 4G and 5G technologies.

Under the agreement, Nokia Solutions and Networks Nigeria will conduct specialized training sessions on the latest radio and transmission technologies at the NCC’s Digital Parks. This initiative marks a significant step towards enhancing Nigeria’s capacity in telecommunications infrastructure and technology.

The announcement has stirred memories of past interactions for some, including a visiting journalist who recalled encounters with Nokia at their headquarters in Finland and at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Discussions then revolved around potential local manufacturing facilities in Nigeria, hindered by stringent workforce and power supply requirements.

The new collaboration will see Nokia Nigeria establishing a state-of-the-art 5G/4G test lab, leveraging cutting-edge technologies to bolster Nigeria’s telecommunications capabilities. Additionally, Nokia will implement an Entrepreneur Learning Programme, providing vocational training to 200 Nigerian students from across the country’s six geo-political zones.

“This collaboration advances the vision to enhance the capacity and skills-set of Nigerians, by equipping them with contemporary skills and knowledge needed to adapt to the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry,” stated the NCC.

The initiative aligns closely with the Ministry’s strategic blueprint released in October 2023, emphasizing the pivotal role of knowledge in driving economic sustainability and global competitiveness. Dr. Bosun Tijani, Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, underscored the commitment to train 3 million technical talents over the next four years, aiming to retain a significant portion within Nigeria’s workforce while creating global opportunities for others.

“This MOU with Nokia offers hope and sets a precedent for future partnerships aimed at empowering our youth and leveraging digital opportunities,” commented a ministry official.

The collaboration comes at a time when Nigeria seeks to harness its digital potential and bridge technological gaps, reflecting efforts by youthful leadership within the telecommunications sector to revitalize and expand its capacity.

As stakeholders anticipate further developments, including potential audits and utilization of existing digital assets, the focus remains on nurturing talent and preparing Nigerian youth for a tech-driven future.

“This is not just about technology; it’s about empowering our workforce and positioning Nigeria as a hub for innovation in the global arena,” remarked a senior official at the Ministry.

The partnership with Nokia represents a strategic move towards fulfilling Nigeria’s aspirations in the digital age, underscoring the transformative impact of targeted investments in technology and education.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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