The federal government, this week, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huawei Technologies to boost Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills among Nigerian Youths, that will help tackle the rising unemployment rate in the country.
The Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy in line with its National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for the development and promotion of digital economy and growth in Nigeria, yesterday in Abuja, formally commenced the implementation of the MoU with Huawei Technologies (Nigeria) Limited.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who signed on behalf of the federal government, said: “The Nigerian government is thankful to Huawei looking at how the country has benefited in its CSR programmes.” He requested that Huawei should establish a global training centre in Nigeria to train Nigerians and other African countries in ICT.
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari appreciated Huawei’s efforts in helping to develop Nigeria’s technology space and that he has encouraged Huawei to do more on Nigerian soil since Nigeria is its largest and biggest market in Africa.
The Managing Director of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, Mr. Trevor Liu, who signed on behalf of the company, thanked the federal government and the Minister, for giving Huawei the enabling environment to operate and touch many lives in Nigeria. He said this was done through many initiatives to which the Minister has been a key driver.
“The Chinese embassy will continue to support the corporation to make a difference. We would sustain this initiative and ensure the Universities, the Minister and the students testify to the initiative,”Jianchun said.
The Registrar, Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State, Brig. Gen. SS Ibrahim, in his speech at the event, said: “The cooperation between Huawei and the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy is good for the country in human capacity development in the area of ICT. The Nigerian Army University has decided to follow suit in ICT and partner with telecoms giant in order to fortify the students with the latest technology. I want to acknowledge and appreciate the Minister for being productive in developing the ICT sector and the management of Huawei for taking the bold step in the Nigerian ICT Sector.”