In order to support the expansion of information and communication technology (ICT) in Nigeria, Nokia Networks has been asked to increase its investments in R&D by Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Maida spoke during a recent visit to the Commission by a delegation from Nokia Networks of Finland, which was led by Jarno Syrjala, the Deputy Minister and Under-Secretary of State for International Trade in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The purpose of the visit was to look for new opportunities for mutually beneficial relationships.
He informed the team that in order to assist Nigerian youngsters in acquiring technological skills, the Nigerian government is very interested in utilizing Nokia’s strengths through technology transfer.
To boost the nation’s digital economy, the Nigerian government plans to train three million young people in ICT.
“Our Ministry is targeting three million youth for skill acquisition, so we are keen to get the youths employed,” the EVC stated.
Maida told the Nokia group that research and development (R&D) is the cornerstone of the knowledge economy and the driving force behind innovative advancement, according to the Commission.
In order to further local content development in Nigeria, he urged Nokia and other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to investigate R&D prospects.
Syrjala praised Maida for being appointed by President Bola Tinubu as Nigeria’s top telecom regulator and stated that the goal of the visit was to identify potential areas of cooperation to promote the country’s plan for a digital economy.
Syrjala remembered Nokia’s ongoing collaboration to supply vital network technologies with excellent performance, dependability, and security with Nigerian telecom service providers, cable, and other operators.
He mentioned that Nokia would like to increase its investment in Nigeria, where it currently has an R&D center.