Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday met with a delegation from US-based technology giant, Microsoft Corporation, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The delegation led by the Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, Mr. Phil Spencer, intimated the Vice President of its plans to set up African Development Centres in Nigeria and Kenya.
This was disclosed by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja.
Akande quoted Spencer as saying: “Microsoft has a long-term ambition on the African continent, not only to create a market for Microsoft, but also to create a global centre for excellence and development.”
According to the statement, the African Development Centre would be the 7th Global Development Centre for Microsoft across the world.
Osinbajo, the statement said, told the delegation that the Federal Government was exploring all possibilities and opportunities to ensure that broadband connection was available to Nigerians.
He also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration planned to use technology to reduce some of the deficits in the healthcare and educational systems.
“The government would be looking forward to the development of the centre, as well as encouraging Microsoft to explore practically every opportunity and possibility in the country,’’ he was quoted as saying.
The meeting was attended by a number of Federal Government and Microsoft officials.