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February 25, 2024

#WeekInReview: Full Week Recap of Activities of the Honourable Minister, Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani

Bosun Tijani


This week [Feb. 19 – 23], Dr. Tijani made significant progress in his efforts to facilitate broadband for all Nigerians, deepened partnerships to leverage Artificial Intelligence for development, and announced plans for the rollout of the next phase of the 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT) programme.


  1. Access to Broadband: To facilitate increased access to broadband in government, the Honourable Minister launched Project 774 LG Connectivity. It will leverage existing infrastructure from NigComSat Limited and Galaxy Backbone to provide connectivity to all 774 Local Government Secretariats across Nigeria. The landing of the 2Africa Subsea cable in Qua Iboe, Akwa Ibom during the week was also a significant milestone in the journey towards connectivity for all.
  2. AI for Development: We continued working on  plans to develop a comprehensive AI strategy for Nigeria and as part of this, the Honourable Minister met with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) this week, to firm up plans towards organising an Artificial Intelligence co-creation workshop in March. He also held discussions with Dr. Felix Tan of the University of New South Wales, who was part of an Australian Trade Delegation, to discuss possible collaborations in digital technology and leveraging Artificial Intelligence for development.
  3. Talent Accelerator: The 3MTT Programme is concluding its prototype phase this month and we were able to confirm the date for selection of the next set of 270,000 fellows for the Pilot phase. In addition, to achieve smooth execution and scaling of the next phase, we were pleased to onboard 37 Community Managers at a 2-day orientation programme in Abuja. The Community Managers are tasked with managing learners and activating the 3MTT community across the 36 states and the FCT. 




  • Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani announced the launch of Project 774 LG Connectivity to provide internet connectivity to all Local Government Secretariats across Nigeria.
  • Meeting with representatives of Phase 3 Telecom led by its Executive Chairman, Stanley Jegede who outlined their plans to support the Honourable Minister in achieving his broadband goals.
  • Inaugural visit to NigComSat Limited where Dr. Tijani was hosted by Jane Egerton-Idehen, MD/CEO of NigComSat.



  • Dr. Tijani was at the Presidential Villa to attend the meeting of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) and Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC). Both meetings were presided over by the Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima
  • Attended the opening session of the 3MTT Community Managers orientation programme. 



  • Dr. Tijani presided over his regular meeting with Directors of the Ministry which included the newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Engr. Faruk Yusuf Yabo.
  • Meeting with Bunmi Okunowo, Senior Program Officer, Digital Capabilities, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Osasuyi Dirisu, Executive Director, Policy Innovation Centre, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), to discuss plans for the AI Strategy workshop.
  • Engaged with Dr. Felix Tan of the University of New South Wales, to discuss digital transformation strategies, including leveraging AI for development. 
  • Met with Akintunde Sawyer, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) to discuss areas of collaboration towards the effective deployment of the student loan portal.
  • Meeting with Dr. Michael Sinclair, Executive Director, Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program.  

This week, the Honourable Minister’s activities put our Infrastructure, Knowledge, and Innovation/Entrepreneurship/Capital pillar objectives on the front burner as he launched Project 774 LG Connectivity, outlined plans for the next phase of 3MTT including the engagement of 37 Community Managers to support effective rollout across Nigeria, and participated in the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) and Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) meetings presided over by Vice President Kashim Shettima.  


  • Dr. Tijani met with the team from the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), led by its Acting Director General, Ignatius Ayewoh, to discuss areas of collaboration for the effective delivery of the Strategic Blueprint.
  • Courtesy visit by representatives of the National Agriculture Development Fund (NADF) led by its Executive Secretary, Muhammad Abu Ibrahim



  • Follow up meeting with Nigeria Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) to further review the functionality of the student loan portal.
  • Presentation of the report of the Presidential Steering committee on the review of IPPIS, GIFMIS and TSA. 
  • Met with Dilip Parajuli, Senior Economist, Education Global Practice, World Bank, to explore opportunities for collaboration in training and education. 
  • Engagement with a delegation from the National Population Commission (NPC), led by its Chairman, Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra, to discuss the use of technology in collecting and sharing data for effective policy making.
  • Visit by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), led by Oluwatobiloba Moody, Director, Nigeria Office, who expressed commitment towards supporting Dr. Tijani’s key projects especially in the areas of IP protection. 
  • Courtesy visit by the Corporate Council Africa (CCA) to identify areas of support for the Ministry in its drive to achieve key objectives. The team was led by its Senior Program Director, Biova Kabine.

Isime Esene

Office of the Honourable Minister

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