Huawei Technologies Company Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Board for Technical Education and the University of Port Harcourt, to support the technology talent ecosystems in the country.

This was done during the ICT Academy Teachers Summit that was held recently in Abuja.

According to the firm, the event was held to strengthen the partnership between it and the country’s higher education institutions.

In a statement, the Deputy Managing Director of Huawei Technologies, Stephen Zou, said, “We gather to connect with our valued academic partners, brought together by the Huawei ICT Talent Ecosystem.

“This collaborative framework aims to foster strong ties in ICT talent cultivation and development, which is crucial for advancing Nigeria’s digital transformation. We commend all those present for the progress achieved so far.”

He further stated that the digital transformation agenda of the country depends on the talent in the space.

The Executive Secretary of NBTE, Prof. Idris Bugaje, noted that the MoU would facilitate the training of students in 21 polytechnics across the nation.

He also explained that the collaboration would help in the dual certification of students, which is expected to provide them with hands-on certification.

He also thanked the firm for the 70 per cent discount provided for the training.

The Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, Professor Owunari Georgewill, added, “You can’t digitalise the world if people are not trained. We are very grateful to Huawei. The impact of this support is that the students will be industry-ready, and when they graduate, they will be easily employable.”

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