By Onome Amuge

Will Stevens, the US Consul General, assured stakeholders in Nigeria’s tech industry that the US government is committed to supporting programs that provide young people with quality technology learning opportunities.

Stevens said this while joining representatives from top US tech companies, Nigerian tech and business leaders for the official launch of the Digital Experts Academy in Lagos.

Founded by 21st Century Technologies, Digital Expert Academy seeks to create opportunities to train and upskill young Nigerians in artificial intelligence, digital infrastructure, machine learning, cloud services, data science, data center management, among other fields. technological.

In his keynote address on the theme “Technology as an Enabler and Tool for Empowerment,” the US Consul General highlighted the importance of technology skills for Nigeria’s future prosperity and economic competitiveness.

He also explained that the Biden Administration’s US strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa aims to drive digital transformation and foster a digital ecosystem based on the open, interoperable, trustworthy and secure Internet and information and communication technology. He added that the initiative is investing in some of Nigeria’s richest resources: its youth.

“We hope that by developing local talent in technological fields, we will help accelerate growth in the medium and long term in the digital economy of Nigeria and, indeed, of Africa,” the consul general said.

Stevens’ statement further reiterated the US Mission’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s thriving tech scene and encourages creating the necessary enabling environment to nurture an industry that contributes to a more prosperous future for all its citizens.

Also speaking at the event, Wale Ajisebutu, President and CEO of 21st Century Technologies Group, explained that the 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 skills needed. to succeed in the digital economy.

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