Google's ₦1.2 billion grant initiative, "Mind the gap," has garnered praise from the Nigerian government. The program aims to provide essential digital skills to 20,000 Nigerian women and youth. Training will cover diverse areas including data science, artificial intelligence, web and mobile app development through both online and in-person methods. The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, commended the grant initiative for supporting the government's digital jobs initiative. He emphasized the need for innovative job opportunities in Nigeria's knowledge-driven post-industrial age. Google's Country Director for Nigeria, Olumide Balogun, expressed confidence in the country's youth potential and its role in the digital economy. The "Mind the Gap" initiative comprises three components: the Digital Onboarders Program for unemployed youth, the Arewa Tech4Ladies program targeting women, and the Engage Nigeria initiative providing mentorship for young talents. This initiative aligns with Nigeria's commitment to fostering digital skills, with collaboration from Google.org, Data Science Nigeria, and the Creative Industry Initiative for Africa.
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