Telecom giant Huawei Technologies, together with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy alongside Advocacy for Human Value Foundation, announced their donations of various ICT equipment to Al-Walidyn Charitable School in the Pantami community of Gombe State – Nigeria.
The group also disclosed that they also wholly renovated a building at the same school.
The news was made public during a virtual event held at Abuja to launch the renovated building and commission the ICT equipment. Although the event was mainly virtual, the school had some representatives in-person at the facilities to be commissioned.
The event was hosted by Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.
Other notable guests at the event were delegates from the state government, the partnering non-governmental organization (NGO), Advocacy for Human Value Foundation, and representatives of Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited.
This corporate social responsibility project was embarked upon after it was identified as a priority in the Pantami community. The project will enhance the state’s technological development and educational system and accelerate socio-economic development in the country.
One of the core problems the Al-Walidyn Charitable School faced before completing this project was a lack of necessary ICT facilities and inadequate capital to finish the building to commence the schooling program.
In his speech at the virtual launching and commissioning ceremony, Pantami appreciated Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited to develop the region via its cooperate social responsibility initiative.
He said: “Huawei, during the COVID-19 pandemic, supported the Federal Government with some virtual facilities which have been very effective in conducting meetings, engagements, interventions, where necessary, by the Presidential Task Force (PTF), Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Whenever we speak of the success story of how the country managed the pandemic, we will not forget what Huawei has done for Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.”
The Managing Director/CEO Huawei Nigeria Enterprise, Mr. Michael Zhuang, noted that: “The youth are the future and today’s youths are the first generation of those born and raised in a fully digital age.”
He added: “They are also key contributors to creating social value in the future. For this reason, we need to really consider how we can provide these young talents with a growth-enabling environment and practical opportunities so that they can gain knowledge, improve their employment skills, broaden their horizons, and realize their value.”