The Nigerian government has received more than 550,000 applications from across the country for the first batch of its Three Million Technical Talent Programme (3MTT Programme). This was disclosed by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, during a briefing with State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Dr. Tijani mentioned that the Nigerian government is working with states such as Cross River, Kwara, and Ogun States to explore the possibility of sharing infrastructure to facilitate the delivery of the training programme to the applicants.
He highlighted the broad distribution of applications as a significant reason for the government’s enthusiasm about the 3MTT programme. The Minister stressed that technology is becoming a major part of how Nigeria fulfils its responsibilities and transforms public services, but effective utilisation of technology requires a skilled workforce to drive it.
The 3MTT programme aims to train 3 million technical talents over the next four years and find sustainable ways to place them into jobs. While the initial target for the first batch was 30,000, the programme received over 550,000 applications from across the country. Dr. Tijani noted that the global trend is increasingly embracing technology, and there is a worldwide shortage of talent in the field.
The Minister explained that the 3MTT programme aims not only to build a local workforce but also to enable Nigerian young people who are technologically savvy to work remotely for companies worldwide, turning Nigeria into a net exporter of tech talent.
Additionally, Senator David Umahi, the Minister of Works, disclosed that he presented a memo to the council for approval regarding coastal roads running from Lagos to Port Harcourt to Cross River. He also mentioned the Trans-Sahara route, harvest roads running from Enugu to Cameroon, road projects under phase 2, and the Badagry to Sokoto road, which were all approved for financing. The projects will follow the engineering, procurement, construction, and financing model for implementation.