Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited started its CSR flagship program called Seeds for the Future in the year 2008. This program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of the telecommunications sector, and also improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.
The program had been implemented in 96 countries and over 30,000 students from 280 universities have benefitted from the program; among them, more than 2,700 university students have gone on a study trip to the Huawei headquarters in China.
In line with the Seeds for the Future program, Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited signed an MOU with the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2015 to train 2,000 Nigerian Youths in ICT.
So far, a total number of 1,345 youths have been trained in the Abuja and Lagos Huawei training centers on telecommunication power system; Information and Communication Technologies Fundamentals; Huawei Certificated Datacom Assistant; and Base Telecom Station and Microwave Installation.
The best 20 participants would be sent to China for further training from the ongoing ICT for Change Program, in which ten candidates have been recently selected after an intensive training program, examination and interview process.
The 10 successful candidates will proceed to Beijing and Shenzhen China from the 11th to the 22nd of September 2017.
Speaking at the Kick off ceremony, the Honourable Minister of Communications Barr. Abdur-raheem Adebayo Shittu expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Federal government of Nigeria to Huawei Technologies for their consistent support in the area of human and institutional capacity development, promotion of technological innovation, knowledge transfer and ICT infrastructure construction.
Furthermore, he assured Huawei of the Federal government’s unflinching support as they have partnered with the Ministry of Communications.
The Public Relations Director of Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited Mr Pan Haiyang said in his speech that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has a significant impact on the economy development.
“As a global leading ICT Solutions provider, Huawei believes that only enterprises that align their core ability and operations with their social responsibility, can achieve long-term and sustainable development.” he said.
One of the successful participants Oluwasikemi Victoria expressed her joy to have scaled through the final selection process while lauding the firm for giving back to the society.
“The intensive training was an eye opener for me to the wonderful opportunities in the ICT sector; I would also like to thank the management of Huawei for ensuring transparency throughout the whole selection process.” she said.
Other successful participants are Awal Abdulganiyu, Wama Adi, Oyinlola Iyanu Benson, Abubakar Baba Ladan, Isah James Lata, Nneka Chikaeze Opurum, Tolulope Ifeoluwa Awobayo, Sunday John Bolufawi and Elijah Seyifunmi Adelusi.
Over the years Huawei has been investing in ICT skills and knowledge in an effort to boost employment, foster the development of knowledge-intensive products and services, and enhancing the ICT skills of the future generations.
Some of Huawei’s interventions include:
2012, Huawei donated ICT scholarship at the University of Lagos
2014, the sum of N80Mwas donated to Africa University of Science and Technology for the construction of an ICT lab and Scholarship
2015, 1,000 Girls were trained on basic ICT knowledge in Abuja and Lagos
2016, ten candidates were selected from various MDA’s for training in China.
So far Huawei training centers in Abuja and Lagos have trained more than 20,000 Telecommunication Engineers, contributing to the development of telecom talents in Nigeria.