Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
In a bid to bring first class technical training on information and communication technology (ICT) to teeming Nigerian youths, Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited has said it will send 10 out of the best participants selected from the 1,345 students for further studies in China, in the ongoing ICT for Change Programme.
The empowerment training programme is in line with governmentâ€™s youth and student development and job creation which is seemingly in direct response to President Buhariâ€™s drive to empower and encourage young Nigerians.
According to the company, “We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government of Nigeria on a ICT for Change Programme.
“The training officially kick- started on the 10th of November 2016 and so far One thousand three hundred and Forty Five (1.345) youths have completed the programme. A total number of 15 batches of trainings were held in Abuja and Lagos training centres of Huawei.”
According to a statement released by the company, 10 out of the best 40 participants will be selected from the 1,345 participants of the ongoing ICT for Change program.
“The 10 best students would proceed for further studies in the People’s Republic of China on an empowerment programme designed for graduates of Electrical, Electronics, Computer Science, ICT, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and other ICT related courses.”
The training programme, Huawei disclosed, featured experienced trainers, who explored various means of training delivery.
One of the participants, who spoke with THISDAY immediately after the test,Miss. Benson Eyalenya, said, the language (Chinese) was also huge motivator aside attaining further studies on ICT as she set to learn to communicate in Chinese whilst studying if she is among the participants that will make the the final list.
Eyalenya urged the Nigerian government to lay more emphasis on information and communication technology (ICT)by ensuring that those at the grassroots have knowledge and understanding of the computer world
She said: “It will be nice if it can be possible right from tender age because, you see an adult that says he cannot handle computer because of lack of exposure. If can be possible, every government schools be ICT compliance because, private school students are the ones that enjoy these benefits. Government schools should be of benefit as well so that we can align at the same level because, the children are the future of Nigeria.â€