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Microsoft Nigeria realigning roles, not shutting down – Presidential aide

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Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Bola Tinubu, Mr. Temitope Ajayi has refuted media reports that Microsoft’s Africa Development Centre has shut down its Lagos office.

While noting that the shutdown was an “incorrect media report”, Ajayi said that the organisation was “re-aligning roles” within its business, while “few roles will certainly be impacted”.

Tweeting on Thursday on X.com. as @TheTope_Ajayi, the presidential aide also faulted the tweet made late Wednesday on the same subject by the 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, labelling it a “naked dance”.

Obi had lamented the announcement on the shutdown, saying it “underscores the urgent need for comprehensive economic reforms in Nigeria”.

Obi’s tweet partly read: “The recent announcement of Microsoft Nigeria to its workers about shutting down its innovation centre in Lagos and cutting 200 jobs is deeply troubling. It underscores the urgent need for comprehensive economic reforms in Nigeria.

“This further highlights the challenges and broader issues plaguing the Nigerian economy. The closure of Microsoft’s innovation centre represents yet another significant setback for Nigeria’s aspirations to become a hub for technology and innovation in Africa”.

The former Anambra State Governor tweeted that the shutdown “raises serious concerns” about Nigeria’s “business environment for investors”.

Reacting to this, Ajayi noted, “The story that Microsoft is shutting down 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 is not anywhere near the impression of the ‘earthquake’ that Peter Obi sensationally described”.

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