FG welcomes partnership with tech companies to build capacity, employ more Nigerians
The CEO of Huawei Nigeria, Trevor Liu has declared the company’s intention to position Nigeria as a technology center for the continent.
As disclosed on the official website of the presidency, the CEO of Huawei Nigeria, Trevor Liu revealed the plan of the company to position Nigeria as a technology center for the continent. This was during a virtual courtesy call to the Federal Government, which was received by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo on Thursday, Nov. 26 2020,
The idea of a partnership between the Federal Government and technology companies to develop an eco-system of competent Nigerians working in the service sector and even outsourcing their expertise abroad is a welcome development and a step in the right direction in job creation.
However, the Vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo acknowledged the work Huawei had done in the past with training of Nigerians but reiterated the need for employment opportunities that go beyond capacity building.
Prof Osinbajo explained that “every other technology company does training programmes, but that is not what I am looking for. I am looking at something that shows Huawei wants to be a partner with Nigeria, working together as a corporate organization that sees itself as a part of Nigeria’s future. There are loads of people who have done training but have no work”.
He further went on to say “I want us to do something groundbreaking and different.”
“Let’s see something that gives young people more than training, gives them some opportunity as well because this ecosystem will require a lot of people who see Huawei not just as a business but a brand that’s interested in them going forward” he said.
The CEO of Huawei Nigeria, however responded that the strategy of the company is indeed to focus on investing in young people in every country in which they operate, adding that the company has invested in a lot of young people in Nigeria but would also like to do more.
He assured the Federal Government that Huawei would invest more resources in young people and give a progress update, adding that it’s the plan of the company to position Nigeria as a technology center for the continent.