By Segun Adekoye
Leading phone maker, Nokia will be collaborating with the Federal Government of Nigeria to establish a mobile software laboratory in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson during an MOU signing with Nokia to foster innovation and development of the ICT sector in Nigeria.
This collaboration, Mrs Johnson said, is expected to provide training for university students and emerging mobile entrepreneurs capable of competing in local and international markets. It will also help to create locally relevant content and services.
The mobile software laboratory will include a dedicated growth program for local developers focusing on design, technical and business skills. This would empower Nigerian software developers with the proper skills set and support for creating businesses that last and are sustainable around mobile software and content development.
She revealed that the government has further plans to partner the private sector and industry players to help bridge the digital gap and as well stimulate socio-economic development.
The alliance between the Federal Government of Nigeria with Nokia will also see to provide support in order to stimulate the growth of the local application developer ecosystem and industry. Another objective of the MOU, according to the released statement, is to enable the building of environmental awareness and expansion of handset recycling in the country.