Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, the local unit of Chinese equipment supplier, has donated an ICT lab to the alma mater of the nation’s telecoms regulatory chief.
The gesture comes just as Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has underscored ubiquitous adoption and use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as crucial towards transforming the nation’s economy.
The NCC chief said this at the Government Senior Secondary School (GSS), Danbatta, Kano State, his alma mater, where he commissioned the “Prof Umar Garba Danbatta Computer Laboratory”, an ICT lab donated by Huawei.
He says that NCC will remain in the vanguard of implementing the Federal Government’s policies aimed at digitalising the nation’s economy.
Danbatta has consistently implemented many philanthropic and people-oriented projects in his Danbatta community in addition to his strides in driving the development of ICT adoption and usage, via numerous initiatives as the country’s Chief Telecoms Regulator, according to a statement by NCC.
Danbatta thanked the Chinese tech company for choosing his alma mater for the important ICT project that “will not only bring invaluable benefits to the students and teachers of the GSS in Danbatta, but also impact other neighbouring schools.”
The schools will utilise the tech facility for preparing their pupils for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and other educational purposes.
He charged the students and others desirous of acquiring for upgrading their knowledge of ICT to avail themselves of the ample opportunity provided by the new facility within their own domain.
Restating the NCC’s commitment toward digitising Nigeria’s economy, Danbatta says the Commission will continue to be at the forefront of implementing the Federal Government’s policies aimed at achieving the goal.
Lola Fafore, Director, Public Relation of Huawei Nigeria, says the computer laboratory donated to the school is equipped with free 4G internet service for 90 days as well as computer-based testing (CBT) training applications for JAMB installed in the computers for the benefit of the students.
As part of the company’s contribution to Nigeria through corporate social responsibility, the firm would continue to promote digital inclusion, especially through provision of access to technology, she says.
“As a company, Huawei looks forward to making more contributions to Nigeria by supporting the NCC in bridging the digital connectivity divide, training talents, building capacity, knowledge transfer and supporting the process of achieving a fully-digital economy.”