Leading global Information and Communications
Technology company, Huawei, has reiterated its commitment towards achieving a
fully connected and digitally inclusive Nigeria.
The Managing Director, Huawei Technologies
Company Nigeria Limited, Zhang Lulu, disclosed this at a media parley in Lagos,
stating that the company is focused on enhancing availability, assessability
and affordability of ICT services by boosting ICT infrastructure with quality
and innovative solutions tailored to local needs and equipping the youth with
ICT knowledge and skills.
Discussing the theme, ‘Connecting the
Unconnected’, Mr. Zhang said exploring talents among Nigerians with great
potential leads to development in Nigeria, as the ICT industry contributes more
than 10 percent to the total Gross Domestic Product of the Africa’s largest
“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. Since starting operations in Nigeria in
1999, Huawei has been working with local operators to provide safe, stable and
high-quality communication networks in the country; currently covering about
half of the population,” Mr. Zhang said.
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 work force to guarantee
the network running of this country. Huawei is currently working with more than
40 universities in Nigeria in establishing its Huawei Authorized Information
and Network Academy (HAINA) and providing industrially recognized ICT
certification in subjects including networks, routing and switching.
Sharing his experience at the event, Muhammad Maihaja, one of the three students who won the first prize in Huawei ICT competition and will be representing Nigeria at the global finals in China, described the competition as a life changer which has given him a great opportunity to learn cutting-edge technologies.
“The Huawei ICT competition has made me go beyond
what I knew. This platform has given Nigerian youths opportunities to showcase
their talents in ICT on a continental and global level, which is good for the
future of the development of ICT in Nigeria. ”said Maihaja.
Reports show that the adoption of communication
technology has grown all over Nigeria, with over 80 per cent of the citizens already
covered by communication networks, thereby facilitating better lives and giving
rise to broader economic activities.
concluded that upholding its mission and vision “to bring digital to every
person, home and organization 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.