LAGOS, OCTOBER 12, 2016 – Barrister Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, has called for private sector collaboration with the Government to boost the the nation’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) which he said currently provides more employments than oil and gas sector.The Minister who stated this at the official unveiling of the Huawei’s Innovation and Experience Centre and joint Huawei/UNILAG Openlab in Lagos implored the firm to share its expertise with local ICT firms to further boost capacity in the industry.
According to him, industry analysts suggest that the ICT tools and devices, software solutions, IT outsourcing and the e-commerce sector alone could employ over 40million Nigerians and contribute billions of dollars to the economy if well channelled and nurtured.
The Minister said to unlock potentials in the ICT, the Nigerian government and Huawei have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the sector’s ecosystem.
He said there is also another MoU with Huawei capable of creating over 2000 ICT training jobs to young Nigerians.
Shittu states that, “There is no don’t that you have become a strategic partner to The Nigerian government in ICT planning and development, I believe that you will continue to expand your contributions and training programs in Nigeria. The country needs the best strategic partnership in ICT and only the best is good enough for Nigeria. It is with great expectations that I therefore declared this Huawei Innovation and Experience Center open.”
Meanwhile, the Consular General, Federal Republic of China in Lagos, Chao Xiaoliang said Huawei is one of the Chinese companies that have grown rapidly in the last 40 years of the country’s development.
According to him, people from all over the world can learn that China is not only the world manufacturer, but also a future designer.
He said China and Nigeria are strategic partners and even share the same National Day.
Xiaoliang said, “We have realised that the sweetness of the fruits from our mutually beneficial cooperation for many years. Under the backdrop of sluggish world economy China is restructuring it’s industries while Nigeria is diversifying it’s economy. The highly complementary economies and development strategies of our two countries will ensure that our cooperation would achieve win-win results. “