Friday, July 28, 2017

Google To Train 100,000 Nigerians And 10 Million Africans in Online Skill- CEO

Am sure when you hear google i bet you already know what we are talking about.

In which google is an american multinational technology which mainly specializes on internet related related services and product which started as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin Ph.D which are students of Stanford University.Google for Nigeria" in lagos on 27,07,2017.
Google's CEO Sunday Pichai speaks during an interview with Nigeria journalist Adesuwa Onyenokwe during a conference with the tag "

Google plans to train 10 million people based in Africa about online skills for the next 5 years in order to develop their skills and make them more employable, Says the chief executive on Thursday.

The American based technology giants also hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria, says a company spokeswoman.

Google's pledge marked an expansion of an initiative it launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people. The company is "committing to prepare another 10 million people for jobs of the future in the next five years," Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a company conference in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos. Google said it will offer a combination of in-person and online training. Google has said on its blog that it carries out the training in languages including Swahili, Hausa and Zulu and tries to ensure that at least 40 percent of people trained are women. It did not say how much the program cost.
Africa, with its rapid population growth, falling data costs and heavy adoption of mobile phones, having largely leapfrogged personal computer use, is tempting for tech companies. Executives such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's chairman Jack Ma have also recently toured parts of the continent. But countries like Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, which Google said it would initially target for its mobile developer training, may not offer as much opportunity as the likes of China and India for tech firms.

Yawning wealth gaps mean that much of the population in places like Nigeria has little disposable income, while mobile adoption tends to favor more basic phone models. Combined with bad telecommunications infrastructure, that can mean slower and less internet surfing, which tech firms rely on to make money. Google also announced plans to provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship and working space access to more than 60 African start-ups over three years. In addition, YouTube will roll out a new app, YouTube Go, aimed at improving video streaming over slow networks, said Johanna Wright, vice president of YouTube. YouTube Go is being tested in Nigeria as of June, and the trial version of the app will be offered globally later this year, she said.

With this awesome plan coming to reality, It would bring a great change not only in the technological sector of Nigeria and others places as technology is taking the old and outdated ways in which things are done. What do you think about this great improving opportunity for Nigeria?. Kindly say your view by dropping your comment.