In an effort to develop Nigerian ICT undergraduates, Huawei Technologies, a global leader in ICT solutions in collaboration with Nigerian ICT Talents Development Summit organized a talent competition which took place recently in Abuja.
The competition, in partnership with some Nigerian universities seeks to develop ICT talents among Nigerian university students, enhance knowledge transfer, promote greater understanding and interest in the ICT sector with a view to encourage and improve regional participation in the digital community.
While delivering his address, the Counsellor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency, Mr Zhao Linziang, informed the participants that Huawei ICT Competition was a collaborative initiative between Huawei ICT Technologies and academic institutions across the world.
He said the organization aim to increase employment opportunities for young people by exposing them to more ICT knowledge and skills required in job markets.
He recalled that the Huawei ICT Competition had been launched in more than ten (10) sub Saharan Countries including South Africa, Kenya and Zambia. In the same ethos, the current event was intended to officially launch the programme in Nigerian universities.
Mr Linxiang said some selected universities would be signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huawei to launch the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA) programme.
In his goodwill message, the Honorable Minister of Communication, Dr Abdur- Raheem Adebayo Shittu, FNCS, expressed his delight for being part of the occasion. He specifically appreciated Huawei Technologies for their commitment to promoting the development of ICT ecosystem in Nigeria.
Mr Shittu stated that the programme was quite apt and expressed optimism that the programme would not only help build the career of Nigerian university students as well as improve infrastructure and connectivity, but would strengthened the bilateral ties between Nigeria and China.
While noting the potential benefits of ICT Competition presents to the Nigerian youth especially in this era of information revolution, the Honorable Minister implored Huawei Technologies to sustain this Competition with the Nigerian universities so that more students could benefit from it.
The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed represented by the Director, Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s Office, Mr Christopher Maiyak.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Manager of Huawei Enterprise Nigeria, Mr Tank Li commended all the participants for their efforts and support towards the success of the initiative. He informed them that the programme was in line with Huawei’s sustainability strategy in bridging digital divide, promoting skills transfer, and developing a win-win situation with local community.
Mr Li added that as an ICT international inventor, his organization was committed to working with academics and industrial partners in Nigeria to create more opportunities for individuals and the business sector.
He reiterated Huawei’s determination to continue to invest in building talent ecosystem to enable Nigeria cope with the challenges of the on-going global rapid technological development.
Currently, Mr Li added, Huawei has four talent ecosystem components in Nigeria: ICT Academy Project, Future Seeds Programme, Huawei Skills Competition and ICT Change. So far, he said more than ten thousand (10,000) students from fifteen (15) universities including University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Lead City University, Ibadan, American University of Nigeria, Yola, and Federal University of Technology, Akure among others had participated in the contest.