Vice President Kashim Shettima stated that under President Bola Tinubu’s leadership, the government aims to generate employment opportunities for one million young individuals in the digital sphere.
Shettima made this announcement on Monday during a meeting with a delegation from the Republic of Korea, led by H.E. Jang Sungmin, the Special Envoy to the President, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He requested their collaboration, expressing the willingness of Nigeria to partner with them in the technology sector. Shettima emphasized that by 2030, there will be a significant global shortage of talent, with the United States, Russia, and Brazil experiencing deficits of six million skilled professionals. Given that Nigeria is a youthful nation, with 75% of its population under the age of 35, he believed that Nigeria is well-positioned to address these talent gaps.
Shettima sought their support and cooperation in providing digital skills training for young Nigerians. He highlighted the potential in the sector, citing India’s earnings of $120 billion from global outsourcing last year, and emphasized Nigeria’s advantageous position to capitalize on similar opportunities.
He stressed the importance of acquiring the necessary skill sets and technology to drive this process, expressing the country’s openness to embracing the technology of the Republic of Korea.