Huawei, a global information technology company, has helped hire no less than 280 Nigerians at a job fair years after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo urged the tech giant to go beyond training Nigerians but hiring them.
Chronicle NG reports that Osinbajo during a virtual courtesy call from Huawei Nigeria, led by its new CEO, Trevor Liu, urged the tech company to hire Nigerian youths, who he said were some of the best tech experts in the world.
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He told Huawei that trainings are good but that he wants technology jobs for young Nigerians as he continues to devise ways to create employment for the youths.
“We need to develop an ecosystem of competent Nigerians who can work locally and get international jobs as well, a business-outsourcing-type arrangement,” Osinbajo told Huawei in November 2020.
On Friday, 2 August 2022, over 2,000 Nigerian youths jostled for 280 vacancies at the Huawei Job Fair held in Abuja.
The job fair organised by Huawei, saw youths from different parts of Nigeria submit their resumes to Huawei and other IT companies.
Meanwhile some of the applicants were interviewed at the venue for possible employment.
Mr Osita Nweze, Huawei Deputy Managing Director for Cyber Security, who represented the Managing Director, expressed commitment to contributing to the Gross Domestic Growth of Nigeria.
He said one of the major commitments of the company was to help bridge the unemployment gap in the country by creating job opportunities.
Nweze said that there were lots of talents in the country that could be explored to contribute to the country’s ICT growth.
He said the company was focused on four major areas in carrying out its mandate.
The four areas according to him are seeds for future programme, ICT academy, ICT competition as well as the job fair.
“Nigeria as a nation provides investment in Information Communication Technology (ICT), meanwhile, the workforce of a nation is the most valuable asset meant to grow the nation.
“It is in this light we assembled key players in the industry today,’’ he said.
He commended the Nigerian government’s continuous support in ensuring that the company accomplished its mission of a fully digitised nation.
According to him, the Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the company to develop ICT talents in the country.
“This development gives Huawei the courage to keep pushing for a better digitised Nigeria.
“I also thank other partners for the collaboration.
“For the candidates who are here today ready to enter into the ICT industry, I encourage you to continue to pursue more knowledge for more expertise in the field,” he said.
The Huawei Human Resource Manager, Mrs Juliet Emeronye, said the company was fully committed to partnering with relevant organisations to create job opportunities for Nigerians.
She said, “our commitment is creating a digital world in Nigeria.”
Emeronye, who said that Huawei was established in 1987, and started operations in 2004, providing engineering services for the major telecommunication as well as other relevant companies.
NAN reports that over 15 IT companies were on ground at the fair to recruit into various positions like Backend Engineering, IT Security Support and Maintenance Engineering, and Sales promotion among others.