Federal government of Nigeria has said it plans to educate over 30,000 people about blockchain technology. The scholarship training, which will be conducted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is intended to hasten the adoption of the tech and make Nigeria a leading player in the blockchain industry.
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According to a report by Radio Nigeria, the announcement was made by the director-general of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, who encouraged Nigerians to take advantage of the scholarships which have been made available for this purpose. Inuwa also suggested the purpose of the government’s push to train many Nigerians is to ensure they become “early solution providers in the fourth industrial revolution.”
As stated in the report, NITDA’s training program is set to be delivered to learners from across Nigeria’s 36 states. According to the report, learners that complete the training will get an opportunity to be part of a London incubation program. Others will reportedly get exposed to the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) ecosystem.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Jega, the co-founder of NITDA’s blockchain partner for the training program, reportedly reiterated his entity’s commitment to producing “quality education and equipping participants with the skills to build real-life blockchain solutions.”
“The scholarship is open to every Nigerian that is willing to put in a minimum of 20 hours per week, has access to a laptop or desktop, shows commitment and determination; no prior programming experience is required.
“Application opens from 31st October to 28th November, 2022 and the course starts on 1st December, 2022. Application link: https://bit.ly/nbbs2022
“The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has embarked on several initiatives to upskill and reskill Nigerians across all walks of life in line with the national agenda for a digital economy – the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS). The development of NITDA Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) is a strategic plan towards achieving the NDEPS.”