Google Nigeria will train 1000 persons in Sokoto State after it launched the Google Digital Skills for Africa Programme on Tuesday.
Google Country Director Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor said the programme would be extended to other parts of the country.
At the launch of the programme at the Digital Learning Centre of Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Ehimuan-Chiazor said the move was to enable people to create jobs.
“The programme provides free courses, tools and in-person digital training to students, educators, job seekers and businesses,” she added.
“According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Nigeria as at December 2017 was 18.8 per cent (16 million people) and underemployment at 21.2 per cent.
“The web is at the heart of economic growth and Google has been supporting African businesses and individuals to succeed online.
“So in 2016, Google committed to training 1 million young Africans on Digital skills in one year and further extended to 10 million Africans in 2017,’’
She said “Google’s investment in digital skills will support the government’s efforts to enable Nigerians to gain employment by equipping them with the skills needed by today’s online and connected organizations.
“We have had hundreds of success stories from across Africa and we are looking forward to seeing more from right here in Sokoto and other communities.
“The Digital Skills for Africa programme is designed to address the growth needs for jobseekers and small business owners and has to date been rolled out to about 100 communities across a number of countries including Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.
“By engaging directly with the communities that can most benefit from the training, Google is able to identify the specific needs of these communities.
“Support their (communities) local growth activities and ensure the impact is felt not just on an individual but also at a community level.”