Huawei Technologies and the Federal Government of Nigeria have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to implement the second phase of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Change Program.
Speaking at the MoU signing in Abuja, Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the partnership is an example of the Nigerian government’s commitment to partner with private sector organisations, in order to drive the implementation of its policies and programs.
Mustapha said “the signing of the MoU signifies the commencement of the second phase of the programme to train and empower 1000 federal civil servants in capacity building. It’s a further demonstration of the strengthening of the existing partnership between government and the private sector, represented by Huawei technologies”.
He noted that the program had improved lives by making the issuance of globally recognised Huawei certificate to 1,345 Nigerian trainees possible. The trainees were equipped with the necessary skills to begin their own ICT start-ups and partner with Huawei in the telecoms and ICT industry. Mustapha also said the program provided further advanced training in China to 10 high performing students. The lucky students will secure an engagement with Huawei sub-contractors in the telecoms sector.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation added that the ICT for Change Program aligns with the Federal Civil Strategy and Implementation Plan (2017-2020) to enhance the performance of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country.
Huawei’s Vice President of Middle East and African Region, Xue Man said the program is an initiative designed to equip civil servants with fundamental ICT knowledge and skills. He said the program was part of Huawei’s efforts to fulfil its social responsibility by encouraging mind enlightenment and talent acquisition.
Man said “with our rich experience in ICT, we will design and deliver the programme with our best subject matter experts. Our target is to provide free ICT knowledge training to 1000 civil servants”.