The federal government and global ICT company Huawei, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to kick-start the second phase of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Change Programme which would see 1000 federal civil servants get trained and empowered on capacity building.
The signing ceremony for the ICT for Change project, which took place in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Boss Mustapha; Huawei Technologies vice president, Xue Man; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Secretary of the State Secretarial Office, Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle, Galaxy Backbone Limited CEO, Yusuf Kazaure; president of Huawei Western African region, and the managing director of Huawei Nigeria, Li Teng, sign the memorandum of understanding (MoU).
In an address, vice president, Huawei Technologies, Xue Man, said, “According to a study from Huawei and Oxford Economics, over the past three decades, every $1 invested in digital technologies has led to $20 rise in gross domestic product (GPD).
“As a global leading ICT company, we are willing to work together with all stakeholders to bring digital to every person, every home and every organization in Nigeria.
“The government sector is one of the industries most influenced by ICT technology. We hope that by working together with the federal government, the ICT for Change Initiative will help to equip civil servants with the necessary knowledge to face this great digital transformation,” he added.
In his remark, Boss Mustapha, stated that “The ICT for Change Programme is in alignment with the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (2017-2020) to enhance the capacities and capabilities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) performance and delivery systems. In this regard, the Programme supports in the area of automation of processes and bureaucratic procedures to make them more efficient by implementing an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution.”
On her part, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, applauded the synergy between Huawei and the federal government, expressing optimism that the ICT training under the company’s CSR would go a long way to achieving the 2017-2020 civil service strategic reforms on capacity development and technological know-how. The first phase of the initiative saw 2000 youth get trained. In this second phase, 1000 Nigerian civil servants would receive a one-week training starting from the end of this year.
Over the years, Huawei has been investing in ICT upskilling and capacity building in an effort to boost employment, develop knowledge-intensive products and services, and enhance the ICT skills of the future generations.
Other schemes implemented and supported by the tech giant include Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria (G-Win, 1000 Girls in Training, scholarship for The African University of Science and Technology (AUST), engineers training programmes, and Seeds for the Future which is designed to bridge the gap between ICT instruction at universities and the practical knowledge and skills needed in the workplace.
Uber Partners LSETF To Provide Funding To Nigerian Startups
In a bid to create business and economic opportunities for individuals and provide support for SMEs and startups, Uber has announced its strategic partnership with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund LSETF).
Tagged: “UberPitch,” the campaign which is done in conjunction with LSETF is an initiative that creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, learn from highly successful business leaders and potentially get capital to effectively run their business.
Commenting on the partnership, Lola Kassim, Uber general manager for West Africa said, “In line with Uber’s clear commitment to Africa and our goal of continually creating business and economic opportunities for all, the UberBERPITCH campaign sees us supporting entrepreneurs by creating a platform for them to pitch ideas, leverage on relevant advice from business mentors, and potentially receive capital from the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund to run their businesses. Our partnership with the LSETF indicates that we are focused on ensuring that these entrepreneurs build viable and successful businesses.”
Speaking on the initiative and the collaboration with Uber, Akintunde Oyebode, executive secretary/CEO of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), said, “LSETF’S mandate of job creation by supporting entrepreneurship and employability, is a vision we share with Uber. Since its inception two years ago, LSETF has provided funding worth N6bN to 8,000 businesses; and trained over 3,000 unemployed Lagos residents, with a view to place them in jobs. Through these activities, the Fund has enabled jobs for over 25,000 people, improved productivity of small businesses statewide, and ensured Lagos State remains on a path of sustainable economic growth.”
Sharing additional details on the UberPitch campaign, Margaret Banasko, country marketing lead for Uber in West Africa said, “The campaign is divided into two phases. The first phase is where Uber Riders who run tech-enabled businesses submit or “pitch” their ideas; and shortlisted candidates stand the chance of winning workspace vouchers of up to N1.8 million.
The second phase involves business owners to pitch their ideas to a panel consisting the LSETF and globally recognised entrepreneurs, receive mentoring from highly successful business leaders and potentially get capital to effectively run their business.”
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