Innovative start-ups in Lagos now have a community hub launched by the US giant Facebook. The social network is committed to digital training 50,000 young entrepreneurs, creative or developers.
Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy for Africa said, ” The 50,000 people trained will be people who are hubs and all of our partners are involved and helping us get there. We have already begun to move towards these goals, we have trained 3,000 SMEs and, in terms of monitoring, we will do this directly with our partners to ensure that we are held accountable for our purpose . ”
In Nigeria, there are more than 22 million Facebook users and 87% of SMEs are pushed towards digital skills.
According to Ife Adebayo, special assistant to the vice president for innovation and entrepreneurship, this Facebook initiative in Nigeria will improve the skills of Nigerians and promote growth and economic development of the country.
” This is actually an investment in Nigeria, an investment in the technology ecosystem, it is also to support companies, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, with training designed for their to acquire the digital skills they need to succeed, “concluded Ms. Ebele Okobi.
The NG_HUB from Facebook will also help other existing technology hubs to function as learning centers for local communities.