The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, has said that the Federal Government’s planned Three Million Technical Talent (3MTT) programme has crossed the one million mark in terms of applications received thus far.
Tijani, who said the Federal Government would firm up plans as regards it, disclosed that the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy would soon announce the next line of actions as regards the 3MTT.
The minister, who announced the development, yesterday, via a post on X, said the next step for the applicants would be announced in the next 12 hours.
In the X post, Tijani put total trainees at 1,001,457; total providers at 18, 644 and total partners at 1,407.
Recall that the Minister had announced a N1 billion funding for the programme to be provided by IHS Telecom.
According to the minister, the N1 billion funding from IHS Towers also includes a commitment to paying the salaries of 37 dedicated learning community managers for each location for the next three years.
The support came as a boost to the Federal Government’s programme, which seeks to train three million Nigerians in technical skills over the next four years.
According to the implementation plans released by the government in October, the training will be held in three phases.
The first phase is expected to accommodate 30,000 people, while the second phase will admit 300,000, and the three million to be completed in the third phase.
According to Tijani, the 3MTT programme is a critical part of the Renewed Hope agenda, and is aimed at building Nigeria’s technical talent backbone to power its digital economy and position Nigeria as a net talent exporter.
He said the first phase of the programme, executed in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), would involve multiple stakeholders, including fellows, training providers, partners and placement organisations.
In the first phase, he said the government would select individuals with an interest in specific skills and fund the cost of their training with training providers accepted into the programme.