In a bid to tackle the challenges of unemployment in Nigeria, the Federal government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading Chinese technology firm, Huawei, to train 2000 young Nigerians on Information and Communication Technology, ICT.
Speaking after the signing, Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, said “In the change agenda, how to grow the economy is important, and we want to create ICT hubs and support existing ones. We thank Huawei for this initiative of advancing technology in Nigeria, apart from the job creation itself. ICT is one of the quickest ways people can get decent jobs, so we think this is absolutely important”.
The Vice President said the relationship between Nigeria and China is a strategic one, urging Chinese investors and business leaders to consider Nigeria for manufacturing plants. He added that the Chinese investors “should encourage not just the selling, but also the manufacturing of products in Nigeria”.
According to the Chinese envoy, China is in partnership with the Buhari administration in the “change” agenda, listing the nation’s plans to be involved in such areas like agricultural modernization, industrialization, infrastructure, trade and investment, poverty alleviation, and peace, security, among others.
He pointed that Huawei hoped to become a strategic partner to the Nigerian government in the future ICT planning and development, and would continue to expand its contributions and training programmes in Nigeria.
The ICT training initiative strives to create a platform to nurture work-ready ICT experts by providing ICT industry-relevant education through the “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme”
Mr. Osinbajo was joined by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and his Communications counterpart, Adebayo Shittu, at the ceremony attended by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie.
Nigeria’s ministers for Labour and Communications, whose ministries would select the 2000 trainees, signed the MOU on behalf of the federal government, while Mr. Richard Cao, the Vice President of Huawei West Africa, signed for the Chinese Information Communication and Technology firm
Nigerian Government Signs MOU to Train 2,000 Young Nigerians on ICT14/12/2015