Huawei Nigeria has taken a step in combating the coronavirus pandemic through the use of technology.

The China’s leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices donated video conference system and remote units to the  State House, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

After installing the video conferencing facilities at the State House and OSGF, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a teleconference session with members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 from his office. This is another important move, enabled by digital tools.

The PTF COVID-19 described it as “a good example of private sector’s efforts to join the government in the fight against coronovirus.”

The teleconference session was held on Huawei’s video conferencing facilities which were installed by Galaxy Backbone Limited, the information technology and shared services provider of the Federal Government, in the State House, OSGF and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to boost the effectiveness and efficiency of communication, collaboration and data sharing between the government arms during the lockdown especially at this critical period where physical contact has to be avoided as part of the measures to stop the spread of the virus.

These facilities allow the President and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 stay connected by conducting real-time and interactive communication while maintaining social distancing.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, during the press briefing, said the President was given “a well-rounded update on the National Response”.

He added that “the interaction was robust and rich in guidance.”