Thursday, May 23, 2024

Microsoft to lay off staff, shut Africa centre in Nigeria

Microsoft is closing down its Africa Improvement Centre within the continent’s most populous nation Nigeria, which can result in job losses, a spokesperson mentioned on Wednesday.

The centre, primarily based within the industrial capital Lagos, was opened in 2022 as a part of Microsoft’s push to ship high-end engineering and innovation options for the corporate.

The corporate mentioned it will, nonetheless, proceed to function in Nigeria, persevering with to prioritise and spend money on strategic progress areas.

“Microsoft has determined to shut the Africa Improvement Centre in Nigeria, and in consequence a few of our staff primarily based in Nigeria shall be impacted,” the Microsoft spokesperson mentioned.

“Organisational and workforce changes are a mandatory and common a part of managing our enterprise.”

It was not instantly clear how many individuals can be impacted.

In December 2022, Microsoft President Brad Smith mentioned Africa represented a burgeoning expertise pool in distinction to declining inhabitants progress elsewhere. Microsoft at the moment had greater than 200 engineers in Lagos and greater than 500 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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