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Microsoft Sacks Workers At Africa Development Centre In Nigeria



Microsoft Sacks Workers At Africa Development Centre In Nigeria

Microsoft, an American technology company, has sacked its workers at the Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Lagos, Nigeria.

The ADC is Microsoft’s initiative in Africa for an engineering centre to provide local solutions with global scalability as well as provide employment opportunities and further enhance technological innovations on the continent.

Confirming the development on Wednesday, a staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told TheCable the workforce was laid off but the reasons are still unknown.

The company has also reportedly shut down the centre.

The development is coming less than four years after Microsoft opened operations in Nigeria.

In May 2019, Microsoft announced the establishment of ADC in Nigeria and Kenya, with the mission of creating innovative technology not just for Africa, but for the entire world.

Microsoft called for talented engineers to work on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mixed reality.

The company committed to investing $100 million in the first five years of operation.

On March 21, 2022, the facility was opened in Lagos.

Microsoft had said the centre will house the product engineering, ecosystem development and innovation teams.

The ADC facility also housed the Microsoft Garage, a new entity, launched as part of ongoing efforts to scale innovation in the tech ecosystem.

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