The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has called on Huawei Technologies to invest in the Nigerian Information and Communications Technology park.
The minister also encouraged the company to help equip Nigerian youths with ICT knowledge and skills and also help in the innovative and affordable solutions to connect more unconnected people in rural areas.
Shittu, made the call in Lagos in a meeting with the Chairman, Supervisory Board, Huawei Technologies, Mr Jason Li, in Lagos.
The minister also asked the company to explore cooperation in strategic ICT plan, national broadband plan, ICT development bank, national ICT park and national smart cities initiatives, adding that Nigeria was ready to implement a cooperation deal with Huawei to strengthen areas such as ICT and human capital development.
He said, “I will like to first express my sincere gratitude to Huawei Technologies for their commitment to promote ICT ecosystem development in Nigeria.
“My presence here is a further demonstration of my commitment and a strong belief in Huawei Technologies’ abilities to assist the Nigerian government in leveraging ICT to drive transparency in governance; improve the quality of cost-effectiveness of public service delivery in Nigeria as well as the competitiveness.”
According to the minister, ICT had emerged as one of the key performers of Nigeria’s economy by contributing around 10 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product with 79 per cent mobile penetration and 33 per cent broadband penetration.