Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, said the 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT) program’s million applicants will undergo an introductory artificial intelligence (AI) course.
The minister shared this information on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Wednesday, adding that all applicants are being onboarded onto the platform before the selection of the initial cohort of 30,000 fellows.
Tijani said on Nov. 6 that program applications had surpassed a million and told applicants to expect further instructions via email. Those who received and confirmed the email are currently undergoing onboarding on the fellow platform.
Tijani said several applicants, already part of the onboarding process, are swiftly finishing the AI course. He noted:
“All 1m+ #3MTT applicants are being onboarded onto the fellow platform, directed to an intro to #AI course while awaiting news on the first cohort. It’s reassuring to see many completing the course rapidly. We are onto something, and I am excited watching it all unfold.”
Conversely, several program applicants haven’t received confirmation emails, as grievances in the minister’s post indicate. Some face challenges with registration confirmation due to a technical glitch and experiencing issues with one-time passwords (OTPs).
All the 1m+ applicants for #3MTT are being onboarded onto the fellow platform and sign posted to an intro to #AI course while they await news on the first cohort. It is reassuring to see many of them complete the course within hours. We are onto something and I am excited…
— Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani (@bosuntijani) November 8, 2023
The training will unfold in three stages according to the government’s disclosed implementation strategy. The initial phase aims to involve 30,000 participants, the subsequent stage plans for 300,000, and the comprehensive program for three million is slated for the third phase.
The initial stage of the program, conducted in partnership with NITDA, will engage various stakeholders, encompassing fellows, training providers, partners, and placement organizations.
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According to the minister, during the initial phase, participants will receive training in skills leveraging technology to enhance diverse roles, excluding direct tech creation. These skills encompass Digital Marketing, Project Management Software, Cloud Platforms Navigation, Data Analysis and Visualization, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), CRM Management, Accounting Software, Graphics Design, and UX/UI Design.
In October, the Nigerian government announced a grant of 5 million naira ($6,444) to 45 AI-focused startups and researchers. This initiative is part of the recently introduced Nigeria artificial intelligence Research Scheme, designed to facilitate the widespread utilization of AI to drive economic advancement.
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