Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Ltd. has announced its plans to partner with over 40 universities in Nigeria to ensure digital inclusion among the youth across the country.
As part of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company’s project to equip the youth with ICT knowledge and skills, Huawei is working with the universities in establishing Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA).
The Managing Director, Zhang Lulu, said on Thursday in Lagos that through the academy, Huawei was providing industrially recognised ICT certification in subjects, including Networks, Routing and Switching.
”Apart from increased connectivity, Huawei is also committed to building skills at all levels of the society, by working with universities and other partners to foster ICT talents and training ICT practitioners.
”The company has trained more than 20,000 ICT engineers, who have become the main workforce, to guarantee the network running of the country,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Lulu noted that the company was committed toward achieving a fully connected and digitally inclusive Nigeria by enhancing availability, accessibility and affordability of ICT services in the country.
According to him, the ICT industry contributes more than 10 percent of the total Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest economy, hence the need to boost ICT infrastructure with quality and innovative solutions.
”As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei has been witnessing, participating and being a part of what has happened in the ICT development in Nigeria,” Lulu said.
”Since starting operations in Nigeria in 1999, Huawei has been working with local operators to providing safe, stable and high-quality communication networks in the country; currently covering about half of the population.”
Lulu mentioned that with over 80 percent of the citizens already covered by communication networks, Huawei was upholding its mission and vision to bringing digital communication to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world.
”Huawei remains committed to working with carriers and local partners to reach the remaining unconnected areas, especially remote rural areas in the coming years,” he said.