Nigeria signs MOU with Chinese firm, Huawei, to train 2,000 young Nigerians on ICT

The federal government on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading Chinese technology firm, Huawei, to train 2000 young Nigerians on Information and Communication Technology, ICT.

The MOU provides 2,000 Information and Communication Technology, ICT trainee jobs to young Nigerians next year under the “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme.”

“ICT is one of the quickest ways people can get decent jobs, so we think this is absolutely important.

“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,” said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Observing the current poor rating of Nigeria in the global rankings of business environments, the Mr. Osinbajo said that the president had already given the task of addressing the challenges of doing business in the country to the minister of Trade, Industry & Investment Minister.

The Vice President said the relationship between Nigeria and China was a strategic one, urging Chinese investors and business leaders to consider Nigeria for manufacturing plants.

He said 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 added 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.

Mr. Osinbajo was joined by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and his Communications counterpart, Adebayo Shittu, at the ceremony attended by theChinese 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.


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  • Burbank

    Now, where are those jobless clowns that were shouting when Buhari travelled the world to bring them jobs?
    Get an application form and apply at Huawei.

    • smart jim

      My brother you know many nigerians are evil they dont want the country progress and they will suffer those that are praying for the downfall and nigeria aill be better country like china if only we all join hand and support the govt not like the previouse criminals that were busy looting our money

  • bigbang

    Nigeria and China have good relations.

  • favourtalk

    Police 10.000 next year, ICT 2000 next year, someone should tell me why we shouldn’t be happy by next year and why nigerians graduate shouldn’t be happy for the new year and wonderful jobs created for them by PMB administration… change is here for real

    • Sam

      Do not start counting your chicken before they are hatched. Do the math and ICT 2000 next year will give you about 55 per state. But, that is if northern states are not given lion share, after all, the operating principle is 95% versus 5%. The same operating principle goes for Police just as we already have it with DSS and military chiefs.

      • Sincerely Yours

        Why are you lot always so pessimistic.

    • eBusinesz

      GEJ trained 1000 so this is just a continuation
      Please get facts beyond APC propaganda
      Ask any Huawei Staff or ask to find those that have benefited
      I said 1000!!!

  • Proud Yoruba

    I hope they divide it equally between the 36 states, and a smaller amount for FCT. Otherwise some people will try to put their own people only there and ruin the relationship and opportunity for future cooperation like such.

    • K-KAY

      You are right, my bro., but I think it will be an open and transparent exercise. Trust the present team to do a great job of governance, at least Nigerians have given them the right impression that change is possible thru the ballot.

  • Awarawa

    ICT training in what?! Hope it’s not how to operate computers sha?

  • Abiboss

    Chinese manufacturing companies will not come to Nigeria because it will be more expensive for them to operate in Nigeria, and also it will be difficult for them to get away with fake products and the way they treat their employees.

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