May 9, 2024

Microsoft not leaving Nigeria; Africa Development Centre just a dept — Presidency

Microsoft not leaving Nigeria; Africa Development Centre just a dept — Presidency

The Presidency has denied reports that tech giant, Microsoft, was shutting down its Nigerian office.

Reports czmeout within the week that the United States-based multinational technology giant considered closing one of the operations in Nigeria, known as the African Development Centre located in Lagos.

Microsoft’s ADC is located in Ikoyi, a highbrow area of Lagos, the commercial headquarters of Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy.

Meanwhile, the closure, reports noted, would put the jobs of about 200 people on the line.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Temitope Ajayi, explained that Microsoft was not closing its Nigeria office.


In a post on his X (Twitter) page, Ajayi said the reports as untrue and misleading.

He said: “The story that Microsoft is shutting down (its) Nigeria office is not true. Africa Development Centre is just a department within Microsoft business in Nigeria.

“Contrary to incorrect media reports and @PeterObi‘s naked dance, the Africa Development Centre is also not shutting down.

“Microsoft, like any other organisation, is only re-aligning roles within the business, and few roles will certainly be impacted.

“Affected staff, which are less than 30, will be asked to apply for new roles within Microsoft — a standard practice within the organisation.

“Those who can’t find new roles in other departments or those who want to seek new opportunities outside the system will be asked to go.

“The situation at Microsoft (Nigeria) is not anywhere near the impression of the ‘earthquake’ that Peter Obi sensationally described.”

Additionally, below is the post on the Microsoft Nigeria matter:

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