The federal government in collaboration with Huawei Technologies, recently concluded training for 1000 civil servants under the Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Change Programme.
A statement disclosed that it was the second phase of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the federal government of Nigeria and Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, as part of Huawei’s CSR initiatives aimed at supporting the automation of government processes and bureautic procedures in Nigeria.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, while addressing the last batch of participants of the training workshop in Abuja, said the vision was to develop an elite core of public servants that can stand shoulder to shoulder with any public servant internationally.
Oyo-Ita, commended Huawei for always contributing and investing heavily to the growth of ICT in Nigeria.
“We are beginning to build the foundation so I’m excited and highly appreciative of Huawei Technologies’ help through this civil service rebirth.”
She added that the training by Huawei Technologies was a significant contribution to achieving the 2017-2020 Civil Service Strategy Reform agenda to improve the capacity of civil servants in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Nigeria.
She added that if well harnessed, the skills derived from the training could help reduce corruption in Nigeria and aid in the process of transparency.
“If you look at any country where technology is being applied wholly with operational processes you will find that there is improved accountability, transparency, efficiency and even retrieval process for records is extremely efficient.
“If we are able to apply technology within Nigeria public service system which is what we are doing now, you find out that the level of transparency and accountability will become very high,” she added.
The Communications Manager, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Adereti Emmanuel, stated that “As Huawei celebrates its 20 years anniversary in Nigeria this year, Huawei has been at the forefront of collaborating with all stakeholders to deliver growth to the ICT industry and affect the lives of all Nigerians”.
“Huawei is eager to continue to support all stakeholders including the federal government of Nigeria with more CSR Initiatives which will build capacity, improve skills and transfer world class knowledge for all,”he added.