Federal Government has on Thursday 10th December 2015, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU) with a Chinese technology company to provide about 2000 trainee jobs on Information and Communication Technology to young Nigerians in 2016.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, explained that the MOU will provide 2000 Information and Communication Technology trainee jobs to young Nigerians next year under the “Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Programme.”
Speaking further on the need to have the Memorandum signed, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said it is the easiest means towards achieving a fast growing economy.
“ICT is one of the quickest ways people can get decent jobs, so we think this is absolutely important.
“In the change agenda, how to grow the economy is important, and we want to create ICT hubs and support existing ones. We thank Huawei for this initiative of advancing technology in Nigeria, apart from the job creation itself,”
The Vice President who was at the presidential villa to witness the ceremony said that the relationship between Nigeria and China was a strategic one, urging Chinese investors and business leaders to consider Nigeria for manufacturing plants.
Haven taken a closer look the discouraging rating of Nigeria’s business ranking, the Vice President stated further that president Mohammadu Buhari had already tasked the minister of Trade, Industry & Investment Minister to address the challenges of doing business in the country.
The Vice president also urged the Chinese investors to “encourage not just the selling, but also the manufacturing of products in Nigeria.”
The ICT training initiative strives to create a platform to nurture work-ready ICT experts by providing ICT industry-relevant education
Meanwhile, the Chinese envoy, revealed that China is ready to partner with the Buhari administration in the “change” agenda. He further highlighted that the Chinese nation has plans to be involved in Nigeria’s agricultural modernization, industrialization, infrastructure, trade and investment, poverty alleviation, and peace, security, among others.
He also added that Huawei hoped to become a strategic partner to the Nigerian government in the future ICT planning and development, and would continue to expand its contributions and training programmes in Nigeria.
The Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, who were given the mandate to select the 2000 trainees, signed the MOU on behalf of the Federal Government while the Vice President of Huawei West Africa, Mr. Richard Cao, signed for the Chinese firm.