The Buhari administration would be supporting Google’s Next Billion users plan intended to ensure greater digital access in Nigeria.
This will afford millions of Nigerians access to the Internet and particularly support content distribution.
Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Vice President of Nigeria, gave the assurance during a meeting with Google executives at the company’s corporate headquarters in the Silicon Valley.
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO (pictured above) welcomed the Vice President to the meeting held at Googleplex.
Nigeria has been identified as one of the major countries where the latest generation of Internet users will come from, and the next billion users are said to be already changing the Internet in three key ways:
- The prominent use of smartphones to access the Internet,
- An instinct for universal computing,
- A demand for localised content.
The future of the internet is in the hands of the next billion users, as the global technology company has noted, and it is reckoned that the latest generation of internet users will come online on smartphones in places like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria.
For Nigeria, the Google Next Billion Users plan is expected to provoke innovation on an unprecedented scale.
In the same vein, the VP and Google executives also discussed localization of content and content creation to make content cheaper and more accessible to Nigerians.
Professor Osinbajo also discussed other areas for possible partnership with Google, including the establishment of Google Artificial Intelligence Centers in Institutions of Higher Learning in Nigeria and the establishment of a YouTube Creator space to support Nigeria’s digital content producers and enable them make money with their craft leveraging on YouTube and Google Tools.
Other areas discussed include the expansion of Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Program in Africa