Tuesday, November 13, 2018

10000 Nigerian students for Huawei global ICT competition

Everest Amaefule, Abuja

No fewer than 10,000 students from 15 universities across the country are expected to participate in a global Information and Communications Technologies organised by Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor, Huawei Technologies.

In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja, the Chinese firm said that the competition would centre on special ICT areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobile networks and big data.

The company said the competition aims at cultivating local ICT talents, promoting a greater understanding of and interest in ICT, and developing a healthy ecosystem for the sustainable growth of ICT sector.

It is the first time the leading global ICT solutions provider is bringing the global event to Nigeria.

The company said, “Over 10,000 students from over 15 universities are expected to participate in the contest in various subjects including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobile networks and big data.”

The statement quoted Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, to have said that the Federal Government had leveraged the benefits of digital revolution in partnership with Huawei as a leading global supplier of ICT products and solutions.

Shittu said, “The development of the ICT industry is important for the economic and social development of the country and the improvement of people’s lives.

“Improving ICT infrastructure and cultivating talents in the ICT industry are key measures for the country to achieve rapid development.”

On the other hand, the Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria, Zhao Linxiang, noted that Nigeria’s ICT development momentum was rapid.

He said, “Huawei, as an excellent enterprise in China, has been participating actively in Nigeria’s national ICT planning and construction, supporting the vision of Nigeria ICT transformation to be realised soon.”

The General Manager of Huawei Abuja Office, Nigeria, Tank Li, said building a pool of high quality ICT talent was a critical success factor for governments aiming to transit to knowledge-based economies.

Li said, “As one of the world’s leading innovators, knowledge transfer has always been a core pillar of the Huawei ethos.

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