Dr. Isa Pantami, Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), stated that the Federal Government will continue to leverage on technology to foster sustainable national development.
The NITDA DG made this known at an award ceremony in Abuja to celebrate the outstanding performance of Nigerian students at the Global Final of the Huawei ICT Competition held recently at the compnay’s headquarters in China.
In a statement made available to pressmen yesterday, Pantami assured that Nigeria, at the heart of its development, was playing a key role in representing Africa on the global scale of ICT knowledge and capacity building.
According to findings made by schoolworld, a team of three Nigerian students, in May, emerged among the top three in the Global Final of the Huawei ICT Competition, with 49 other teams and a total of 147 students representing 30 countries racing for the global trophy.
He, however, commended Huawei for its commitment in promoting ICT development in Nigeria, saying that the initiative aligned with one of the agency’s seven pillars of capacity building and in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, noted that Nigeria had experienced exponential growth in the past twenty years since Huawei came into the country.
Managing Director of Huawei Technologies, Nigeria (ABUJA Office), Tank Li, made it known that the company’s vision in Nigeria was to create an ICT talent ecosystem that would form the foundation in the digilisation plan for the nearest future.