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As part of efforts to make Nigeria the hub of digital talent in Africa and the world at large, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), under the Federal Ministry of Communications and of Digital Economy, has urged Nigerians to apply for its much-awaited training program on Software Development, NITDA Developers Group, NDG.
The Tide’s source had reported that NITDA had announced plans to train one million software developers in various areas of application development.
A statement from NITDA’s Corporate Affairs and External Relations Officer, Ms. Hadiza Umar, over the weekend said the project, which would be undertaken by NITDA’s affiliate, the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), in Wuye District, Abuja, is in partnership with relevant ecosystem stakeholders.
According to the statement, young Nigerians residing or having accommodation in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, including members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), high school students and undergraduate students on vacation are eligible to apply.
He noted that interested applicants should visit: to get their slot or contact [email protected];
The statement reads: “The program is consistent with the Federal Government’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) and NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2021 -2024) pillar of emerging technologies.
“Interns will undergo a series of coaching and lectures to develop programming skills in Python for artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, robotics and data science.
“NITDA Managing Director, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, has asked NCAIR to run the program on a 24/7 operating schedule within the Center, including an internship program that will provide intensive training for young people Nigerians with the aim of producing software developers.
“The NDG training is divided into two batches (A&B). Batch A will run from Monday to Wednesday, Batch B will run from Thursday to Saturday, and Sunday will be an independent study day, and certificates will be issued to students/trainees at the end of the program.
“Classes will be held six (6) days a week in 3 groups (24 students each), with 12-hour sessions for independent study and work on exercises and projects between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. daily.”

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