Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Huawei train 935 civil servants on ICT

About of 935 civil servants received training on core ICT capacity aimed at improving digitization and supporting the automation of government processes in Nigeria.

The public servants were part of the 3000 Nigerians trained under the ICT for Change program agreement reached by the Federal Government of Nigeria and Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited as part of its CSR initiative.

The civil servants who were drawn from 101 Ministries, Departments and Agencies, were captured in the second phase of the arrangement which set to train 2000 Nigerian youths and 1000 Nigerian Civil Servants on core ICT capacity.

Speaking at the closing award ceremony in Abuja, the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Boss Mustapha, represented by the Permanent Secretary General Services Office, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, expressed delight on the successful conclusion of the training program.

He stated that, “The ICT For Change program has tremendously increased the knowledge of the participants in the areas of Human Capacity building in developing ICT trends, Innovative ICT & Building Smart City, Internet of Things Trends and Solutions, E-Government, Cloud technology, web design and maintenance, Microsoft Word training, Software-Defined-Networking, etc.” he added.

He said that the programmes were also in alignment with the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (2017 -2020) which seeks to enhance the capacities and capabilities of MDAs in their performance and delivery systems.

On his part, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami, said such trainings which improve digitization can significantly contribute to poverty alleviation in the country, which is a core mandate of the present administration.

“Capacity building is critical to achieving digitization in the country and Huawei Technologies through this training is contributing significantly to the mandate of the present administration to drive a fully digital government ecosystem”.

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pinhjian, acknowledged that civil servants play an essential role in the effective and efficient running of government.

He assured a good working relationship between the both countries stating that “China remains committed to enhancing exchanges and cooperation between competent authorities of China and Nigeria, sharing good practice in each other's ICT development, seizing the opportunity presented by the digital economy, encouraging companies to carry out cooperation in ICT infrastructure, the internet and the digital economy, and working together to narrow the digital divide and promote the building of an information society in Nigeria and China.”

Huawei Technologies Vice President, Mr. Chen Zhijun, said ICT in Nigeria has played a crucial role in providing the requisite tools that support the diversification of the economy.

“The ICT for Change programis a part of Huawei Nigeria’s efforts in skill transfer and talent fostering. At Huawei, we believe that people are the most important and valuable asset. Investment in people is investment in future.

“Huawei Nigeria is determined and committed to walking this journey with Nigerians to boost availability, accessibility and affordability of ICT services to turn digital inclusion into social and economic inclusion, with our vision and mission to bring digital to every person, home, organization for a fully connected and intelligent world.”

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