NITDA opens portal for 1m App developers training




As part of efforts to make Nigeria the hub of digital talents in Africa and the world at large, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), under the supervision of Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has urged Nigerians to apply for its much-awaited training programme on software development (NITDA Developers Group, NDG).

Blueprint reported NITDA had announced plans to train one million software developers in various areas of application development.

A statement by Head corporate affairs and external relationship NITDA Mrs Hadiza Umar on Saturday, said the project which would be undertaken through NITDA’s subsidiary, National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) situated in Wuye District, Abuja, is in partnership with relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem. According to the statement Nigerian youth residing or have accommodation in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; including NYSC Corps Members, Secondary School Students and Undergraduates who are on holiday are eligible to apply.

It noted that interested applicants should please visit: https://bit.ly/3zUuBY1 to get their slot or contact [email protected];

The statement reads: “The programme is in line with National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) of the Federal Government, and NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2021-2024) pillar of Emerging Technologies.

“Trainees will go through a series of coaching, and lectures to develop programming skills in Python for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Robotics and Data Science.

“The Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, has directed NCAIR to run the programme under 24/7 operation schedule within the Centre, including an internship programme that will provide intensive training to Nigerian youths with the goal of producing software developers.

“NDG Training is divided in to two batches (A&B). Batch A will run from Monday to Wednesday, Batch B will run from Thursday to Saturday, and Sunday will be independent study day, and Certificates will be issued to the students/trainees at the conclusion of the programme.

“Classes will be held six (6) days a week in 3 clusters (24 students each), with 12-hour sessions for independent study and working on exercises and projects between 8pm and 8am daily.”

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