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Microsoft invests $200m in Nigeria



MICROSOFT says it has invested $200 million in Nigeria through its newly unveiled African Development Centre (ADC) in Lagos.

  The ADC is the premier engineering centre for Microsoft. The centre was created by Microsoft to serve as a base for African industry leaders to create local solutions with global scalability as well as provide employment opportunities and further enhance technological innovations on the continent of Africa.

  At the unveiling Monday, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who appreciated the efforts of Microsoft for finding it worthy to establish such a facility in Nigeria, charged other private sector operators to do the same and support the Federal   Government’s digital economy programmes.

  Pantami said government cherished and value its relationship with Microsoft. He said though the government plans to complete digitisation of the economy by 2030, “I can say that the ADC is in line with FG’s digital economy project. This would help the government to deliver a digital economy for Nigeria.”

  He commended Microsoft, stressing that the country is also strategic to the American firm going by the population,being the gateway to Africa, the cosmopolitan nature of the country and the strategic geographical location of Nigeria. He stressed that the country remains the best place for all technology companies.

  Pantami, who submitted that ADC would help the continent to bridge the gap between it and other regions, noted that Microsoft would get Universal License, which would ensure that it services the governments and parastatals.

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