THE Federal Government, on Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a leading Chinese technology firm, Huawei, to provide 2,000 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) trainee jobs to young Nigerians next year under the ‘Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme.’
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo noted that creating an enabling environment for businesses to flourish was one of the priorities of the Buhari administration meant to spur the growth of the economy and create opportunities for gainful employment.
According to the vice president, who was joined by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and Communications Minister, Mr Adebayo Shittu, “ICT is one of the quickest ways people can get decent jobs, so we think this is absolutely important.”
He added: “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.”
Noting the current poor rating of Nigeria in the global rankings of business environments, Osinbajo disclosed that the president had already given the Trade, Industry & Investment Minister the task of addressing the challenges of doing business in the country.
At the event also attended by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie, the vice president said the relationship between Nigeria and China was a strategic one and urged Chinese investors and business leaders to consider Nigeria for manufacturing plants.
He advised the Chinese investors to encourage not just the selling, but also the manufacturing of products in Nigeria as it would lead to the mutual prosperity for both countries.