The Federal Government has urged Huawei Technologies to invest in the Nigeria’s ICT park and empower the youths with ICT knowledge and skills.
The government also urged the Chinese tech giant to help the country in the innovative and affordable solutions and connect more unconnected people in rural areas.
The Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu who made the statements during a meeting with the Chairman, Supervisory Board, Huawei Technologies, Mr. Jason Li in Lagos, said the company should explore cooperation with Nigeria in strategic ICT Plan, National Broadband Plan, ICT Development Bank; National ICT Park and National Smart Cities Initiatives.
According to him, “Nigeria is willing to implement cooperation deals reach with Huawei, strengthen cooperation in areas such as ICT and human capital development. I would like to first express my sincere gratitude to Huawei Technologies for their commitment to promote ICT ecosystem development in Nigeria”.
He said “My presence here is further demonstration of my commitment and strong belief in Huawei Technologies to assist Nigeria Government in leveraging ICT to drive transparency in governance and improve the quality of cost effectiveness of public service delivery in Nigeria as well as competitiveness”.
Dr. Shittu noted that ICT has emerged as one of the key performers of Nigeria’s economy by contributing around 10% to the country’s GDP, with 79% mobile penetration and 33% broadband penetration.
Earlier, the Chairman, Supervisory Board, HUAWEI Technologies, Mr. Jason Li stated he was in Nigeria to do oversight function on Huawei Technologies staff on how they complied with regulations in Nigeria and cooperation with the local ecosystems.
He said the organization has strong commitment to make the company hire more Nigerians.