ICT firm partners FG to train 1,345 youths

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Okechukwu Nnodim

A total of 1,345 Nigerian youths have been trained in the fundamentals of Information and Communication Technology by an ICT firm, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria, in partnership with the Federal Government.

According to Huawei, the Federal Government has also expressed commitment to provide further training for 20 Nigerian youths in China under an ongoing ICT for Change Programme.

The firm, in a statement issued in Abuja, stated that 10 of the youths were recently selected after an intensive training programme, examination and interviews, adding that they were sent to Beijing and Shenzhen, China this month.

Huawei Technologies noted that it signed a Memorandum of Understating in 2015 with the Federal Government to train 2,000 youths under the ICT for Change Programme.

It said, “So far, Huawei have trained 1,345 youths in its Abuja and Lagos training centres in telecommunication power system, ICT fundamentals, ‘datacom’, base telecom station and microwave installation.”

According to the statement, the Minister of Communications, Abdurraheem Shittu, expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation to the firm for partnering Nigeria in the area of human and institutional capacity development, as well as promoting technological innovation, knowledge transfer and the ICT infrastructure construction.

Shittu assured Huawei Technologies of government’s support as the firm partnered the Federal Ministry of Communications in developing digital economy in Nigeria.

The Public Relations Director, Huawei Nigeria, Pan Haiyang, was quoted in the statement as saying, “We believe that only enterprises that align their core ability and operations with their social responsibility can achieve long-term and sustainable development.”

He noted that over the years, Huawei had been investing in the ICT skills and knowledge in order to boost employment and enhance capacities by implementing and supporting a number of schemes.

Haiyang gave some of the schemes as Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria Programme; 1,000 Girls in Training, scholarship programmes for students of the African University of Science and Technology, engineering training programmes; and Seeds for the Future initiate.

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