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Cisco expresses interest in Nigeria’s digital economy

- SAMI OLATUNJI

The management team of Cisco Africa has expressed interest in Nigeria’s digital economy to help in boosting the digitalisa­tion process.

Cisco’s Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government­al Affairs for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Ms Pastora Valero, disclosed this while speaking at a virtual meeting initiated by Cisco recently, which had in attendance the Minister of Communicat­ions and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.

This was contained in a statement titled ‘Cisco seeks partnershi­ps with Nigeria’s digital economy, commends Pantami’s digital vision’, which was issued by the minister’s spokespers­on, Uwa Suleiman.

The statement said the leadership of Cisco Africa Team, on July 13, expressed the organisati­on’s willingnes­s to partner with the country’s digital economy sector in order to further drive the vision of the Federal Government in the digitalisa­tion process.

Valero was quoted as saying, “We have keenly followed your progress and would very much like to be a part of your vision in driving the sector and are open to partnershi­ps in that regard.”

Also speaking, Pantami said, “We are championin­g a paradigm shift in the country leveraging on technology to give preference and priority to proven skills over paper qualificat­ions. Particular­ly, digital skills.”

He urged Cisco to “establish training academies across Nigeria, especially in underserve­d areas in order to empower citizens with the requisite skills required to maintain global relevance,” adding that a Memorandum of Understand­ing would be drafted on it.

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