Google Nigeria has announced its partnership with the Nigerian Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, amongst other plans to help business owners, job seekers, educational institutions, and vulnerable populations cope with the post COVID-19 impacts.
In a statement by the tech company released today, it revealed that the partnership aims to provide support for youth-owned SMEs, and provide support for job seekers in Nigeria to help them acquire marketable skills through certification and training programs, and involve supporting programs that enable and improve access to quality education across the region.
Google stated that the support will be addressing the need for funding, training, and services across identified sectors, including support for 500,000 SMEs and 25,000 teachers. “A digital hub has been set up to provide free tools and resources to businesses and individuals. Through the hub, 500,000 small businesses will receive help getting online or improving their digital presence through Google My Business (GMB) which helps them connect with millions of users every month.
“Small businesses have been hardest hit during this period. Many of them have had to figure out quickly how to pivot their operations to a ‘digital-first’ approach. Yet, there remains a gap between those who can access these online opportunities and those who can’t. That’s the gap we want to bridge with these initiatives”, said Google Nigeria Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan.
She revealed further that Google has also set aside $3million in grants to nonprofits that support education, entrepreneurship, and women empowerment across Africa. $500,000 of that is going towards a grant to the Praekelt Foundation (a software development non-profit that builds open-source, scalable mobile technologies and solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of underprivileged people) in order to help train micro and small businesses in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. Read also: The Laziness Of Nigerian Youths Is Caused By Unemployment – AY Comedian
Speaking about the partnership, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare said the country is focused on creating an enabling environment that promotes youth and economic development in Nigeria. “This partnership with Google in Nigeria is critical at this period and we look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on SMBs’ recovery, enhancing the skills of jobseekers and supporting the education sector“, he said.