The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has opened the application for the group training of Artificial Intelligence (AI) developers in Abuja. NITDA on Wednesday disclosed that the application opened in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) with the agency also saying that the group training is for the Cohort 11 AI developers. “The free monthly program at National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), Abuja, aligns with NITDA’s goal to train one million Nigerian developers,” the statement read.
Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani said Nigeria need to develop a national strategy to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence for its sustainable growth. The Minister made this known when he shared a document titled, ‘Co-creating a National Artificial Intelligence Strategy for Nigeria’ on his X handle today saying the AI should be viewed as a multi-purpose technology transforming production and service delivery, with a potential to impact positively on Nigerian economy and social growth.
Tech giants, Microsoft and Google in response to OpenAI ChatGPT creation have unveiled their own AI chatbot that will be integrated into its search engine Binge, Google search and browser Edge. A recent report from analysts claimed ChatGPT had reached 100 million monthly users to become the fastest-growing internet app in history.
A non-profit organization, Prince’s Trust International (PTI), founded by King Charles III of England, has been launched in Lagos State, Nigeria to address the urgent issue of youth unemployment emergency. The launch was graced by high-profile functionaries, including the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones. Llewellyn-Jones during the event stated that PTI’s is programmed to bridge existing skills gap through training of the youths to be more proficient in skill.
The parent company of Facebook and Instagram, Meta, has announced a new monthly verification fee of $11.99 for verified accounts on their social media platforms. According to reports, this was revealed in a Facebook post, on Sunday by the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg which said that ‘Meta Verified’ would let users, “verify your account with a government ID, get a blue badge, get extra impersonation protection against accounts claiming to be you, and get direct access to customer support.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued a security advisory to Nigerians over a new malware called “Schoolyard Bully” which has infected over 300,000 Android devices worldwide and steals Facebook account credentials. The latest advisory was released by the NCC’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) which stated that Nigerians with mobile devices should only download applications from application stores and official sites.