The Federal Government, under the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, has recently entered into a N1 billion partnership with IHS Towers. The objective of this three-year partnership is to construct learning communities throughout Nigeria as part of the 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT) programme.
The 3MTT programme is an integral component of the Renewed Hope Agenda, which aims to develop Nigeria’s technical talent pool, bolster its digital economy, and position the country as a net exporter of talent. The response to the programme has been overwhelming, with over 330,000 applications received during the initial phase, which targeted training for 30,000 Nigerians.
Through the partnership, IHS Nigeria will establish the 3MTT Learning Community, a nationwide initiative designed to equip Nigerians with crucial digital skills. Learning communities will be set up in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), providing participants with weekly opportunities to learn, collaborate, and develop projects. These learning communities will also contribute to the strengthening of local innovation ecosystems across the country.
IHS Nigeria will not only offer financial support and industry expertise, but also cover the salaries of 37 dedicated learning community managers for the next three years. Additionally, they will provide access to a learning platform that supports the talent development efforts of the 3MTT programme.
Dr. Bosun Tijani, the Minister of Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy, expressed his appreciation for IHS Nigeria’s significant commitment, stating that it will greatly contribute to the ministry’s efforts in generating a pipeline of technical talent to achieve the objectives of President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
Mohamad Darwish, CEO of IHS Nigeria, emphasized the company’s