Stories by JONAH NWOKPOKU
Global information and communications technology, ICT, solutions provider, Huaweihas announced it would invest N80 million to empower young talents in the ICT industry.Huawei made the announcement at an event held in Abuja recently to mark this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day.
Out of this amount, N4 million will be provided to the Nelson Mandela Institute, NMI which will invest it in its affiliate, the African University of Science and Technology, AUST in Abuja as a scholarship for students who have been admitted.The remaining N76 million will be provided in form of Computer Training equipment.
NMI will then put it at the disposal of AUST on the basis of identified needs of the institution.Huawei will also provide access to its Abuja training center to AUST for the computer science students on the basis of proposals to be developed jointly by AUST computer science faculty and Huawei engineers.
AUST will invite Huawei engineers and researchers to organize workshops or specific classes to the students.Speaking on the move, Huawei’s Deputy Managing Director, Abuja office, Mr. Osita Iweze said, “Bridging digital divide is Huawei’s global strategy. Huawei has set up an ICT scholarship in University of Lagos since 2012.
A 1,000 girls training program with Federal Ministry of Communication Technology was launched in 2013 and until now about 500 girls have finished their training courses.
In 2014 Huawei has kept expanding the investment on young ICT talents education and we are glad to work with AUST to ensure the graduates could be ICT industry leader in Nigeria and other Sub-Sahara African countries.”
On his part, NMI’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bonaventure Mbida-Essama, said, “The African University of Science and Technology is the first of the Nelson Mandela Institutions (NMIs).
It was established as a centre of excellence in science and technology with a focus on African development. Since its inception, the AUST has more than 300 of PhD and M. Sc students from 19 African countries in five disciplines (computer science and engineering, pure and applied mathematics, theoretical physics, petroleum engineering, and materials science and engineering). “NMI is willing to collaborate with Huawei, which is the world leading ICT solutions provider, not just with its affiliate in Nigeria, AUST, but also with the other institutions affiliated to NMI in Africa.