Nigeria's Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and Microsoft Corporation President, Mr. Brad Smith during their meeting in January

The Government of Nigeria has unveiled plans to implement some technology backed initiatives it intends to deploy for improved governance with the support of Microsoft Corporation in the coming months.

The initiatives, as announced by Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, is sequel to a discussion he held with the Microsoft Corporation President, Mr. Brad Smith in January 2021.

Announcing this via his twitter handle, the Nigerian Vice President said, “Today, I am delighted to announce some initiatives that the Nigerian government will be embarking on with the Microsoft Corporation over the next few months.

“These initiatives, which cover areas of intersection between technology and governance will deliver value to our people. This is the outcome of the discussions I held in January 2021 with the Microsoft Corporation President, Mr. Brad Smith.”

While giving details of how far the discussion has progressed, Prof Osinbajo said, “I am very pleased to see that within a very short time, we have moved from ideas to implementation.”

Continuing, he said the government is committed to leveraging innovation and technology to bring better outcomes across a wide area of governance concerns.

“It is with this in mind that we have sought constructive partnerships that bridge the knowledge, skills and technology gap that exist in most of our communities. Microsoft’s extensive experience in the utilization of technology as an enabler for the delivery of public and social good makes them an ideal partner,” he said.

 

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