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Knowledge Economy: Maida urges Nokia to invest in ICT R&D to support Nigerian youths

L-R: Jarno Syrjala, Finnish Deputy Minister for International Trade; Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC; Leena Pylvanainen, Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria; Barr. Adeleke Adewolu, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management of NCC; and Petri Moilanen, Nokia Vice-President for Sales, Middle East and Africa, During the Recent Visit of a Delegation from Finland to the Commission, in Abuja, FCT     Photo: NCC

*Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission, informs the visiting delegation that the Nigerian Government is keenly interested in harnessing Nokia’s capabilities through technology transfer to support the Nigerian youths in digital skills acquisition

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In a way to further to support the growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and advance youths’ digital skills and innovation capabilities, Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has urged Nokia Networks to increase its investments in Research and Development (R&D) in the country.

Dr. Maida made the request when a delegation from Nokia Networks of Finland, led Jarno Syrjala, Deputy Minister, Under-Secretary of State for International Trade from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, visited the Commission, in Abuja, FCT, recently to explore further opportunities for mutually-beneficial relationships.

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, stated the EVC/CEO of the Commission also informed the delegation that the Nigerian Government is keenly interested in harnessing Nokia’s capabilities through technology transfer to support Nigerian youths in technical skills.

According to the EVC/CEO, the Nigerian Government is targeting training of three million youths in ICT skills to advance the country’s digital economy.

Maida further stated: “We are keen on getting the youths employed, as our Ministry is targeting three million youths for skills acquisition.”

The NCC Chief informed the Nokia contingent that the Commission places primacy in R&D as the bedrock of any knowledge economy, and for advancement of innovation.

He, therefore, urged Nokia and other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), to explore R&D opportunities to deepen local content development in Nigeria.

Congratulating Maida on his recent appointment by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria’s chief telecoms regulator, Syrjala said the purpose of the visit was to explore areas of collaboration to support the Nigeria Digital Economy agenda.

Syrjala also recalled Nokia’s continued partnership with communications service providers in Nigeria, as well as cable and other operators to deliver critical network systems with high performance, reliability, and security.

The Finnish Deputy Minister, Under-Secretary of State for International Trade from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs said that Nokia already has an R&D centre in Nigeria, and would target greater investment in the West African country in this regard.

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