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Google Nigeria has announced a partnership deal with digital payments company, Flutterwave to train 5,000 merchants across the country.

The training would be in the form of a series of business clinics whereby the merchants would acquire the skills and tools needed to leverage the Web for growth.

Google partners Flutterwave to train 5,000 merchants

The first training or clinic session, which would hold from March 3rd to 5th, is called the Digital Skill Compass and would focus on helping merchants get fully equipped with the digital tools and insights needed for them to grow their businesses.

According to the statement released by Google, the sessions will include case studies and live sessions to give attending businesses hands-on experience of how Google and Flutterwave’s products can be leveraged.

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The sessions would be followed by consultations with Digital Business Managers and support teams, who will give attendees personalised advice on how they can use Google and Flutterwave’s tools and solutions to grow their businesses.

Speaking on the essence of the program, Google Partners Lead, West Africa, Tolulope Akinyele said, “According to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria has over 37.07 million micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs), which account for more than 84% of jobs in the country.

“Many of them lack the skills and tools to take advantage of the Web to grow their businesses, however. Working with Flutterwave, our goal for holding these clinics is to provide a platform for SMEs to learn skills and master tools that will help them better utilise the Web to grow their businesses,” Akinyele added as reported by The Nation.

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Also commenting on the partnership is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flutterwave, Olugbenga Agboola, who said that Flutterwave was looking forward to empowering SMEs in Africa to scale and drive up revenue in partnership with Google.

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