Global ICT firm, Huawei Technologies, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government to kick-start the second phase of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Change Programme. This training will involve 1000 federal civil servants that would be trained and empowered in capacity building.
The signing ceremony for the project, which took place in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation, had the SGF, Boss Mustapha; Huawei Technologies Vice President, Xue Man; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Secretary of the State Secretarial Office, Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle, National Backbone CEO, Yusuf Kazaure, President of Huawei Western African Region, and the General Manager, Managing Director of Huawei Nigeria, Li Teng, sign the MoU.
In an address, Man, said: “According to a study from Huawei and Oxford Economics, over the past three decades, every one USD invested in digital technologies has led to $20 rise in GPD. As a global leading ICT company, we are willing to work together with all stakeholders to bring digital to every person, every home and every organisation in Nigeria.
“The government sector is one of the industries most influenced by ICT technology. We hope that by working together with the federal government, the ICT for Change Initiative will help to equip civil servants with the necessary knowledge to face this great digital transformation.”
Responding, Mustapha, said the programme is in alignment with the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (2017-2020) to enhance the capacities and capabilities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) performance and delivery systems. In this regard, the programme supports in the area of automation of processes and bureaucratic procedures to make them more efficient by implementing an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution, he said.
Oyo-Ita, applauded the synergy between Huawei and the Federal Government, expressing optimism that the ICT training under the company’s CSR will go a long way to achieve the 2017-2020 civil service strategic reforms on capacity development and technological know-how. The first phase of the initiative saw 2000 youth get trained. In this second phase, 1000 civil servants will receive a one-week training starting from the end of this year.
Over the years, Huawei has been investing in ICT upskilling and capacity building in an effort to boost employment; develop knowledge-intensive products and services; and enhance the ICT skills of the future generations.