US Consul General at the Consulate General in Lagos State, Will Stevens, has revealed that the Joe Biden-led government is committed to supporting programs that provide young Nigerians with quality technology learning opportunities.

He said this at the official opening of the Digital Experts Academy in Lagos on Monday. Present at the event were representatives of top US technology companies and business and technology leaders from Nigeria.

Speaking on the theme “Technology as an enabler and tool for empowerment”, Stevens highlighted the importance of technological skills for Nigeria’s future prosperity and economic competitiveness.

He explained that the US strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa of the Biden administration aims to drive digital transformation and foster a digital ecosystem based on an open, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet and information and communication technology.

“This initiative is investing in some of Nigeria’s richest resources: its youth.

“We hope that by developing local talent in technology fields, we will help accelerate medium to long-term growth in Nigeria’s and indeed Africa’s digital economy,” Stevens said.

21st Century Technologies Group President Wale Ajisebutu explained that Digital Expert Academy will help bridge the gap between youth and employers by better connecting youth with the changing needs of the private sector and the skills needed to succeed in the economy. digital.

He added that the academy will partner with major US technology companies, such as Microsoft and Oracle, to provide students with world-class learning opportunities.

The academy, he added, is open to youth who are at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma.

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