Team Nigeria has won the grand first place position in the Cloud and Network examination at the 2020 Huawei ICT Competition.
Over 150,000 students participated in the global competition.
Team Nigeria comprising of some Nigerian students from the University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and the University of Port Harcourt.
The students were honored for their achievement at an online awards ceremony hosted from the Huawei Headquarters in China.
The closing award ceremony event held on the 14th of November, 2020 at the Huawei Nigeria (Abuja) office was attended by the representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), Mr Nasir Sa’idu Adhama, Special Assistant on Youth & Students Affairs, the representative of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, Dr Abimbola Alale, the Managing Director/CEO, NIGCOMSAT, the representative of the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Mr Chris Maiyaki, Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC, some university Vice-Chancellors and representatives, Huawei management staff, the award-winning students, instructors, parents, and the media.
This excellent performance is an outstanding improvement from last year in which Team Nigeria had emerged third position in the same global competition. This shows the level of improvement Nigeria has made in its knowledge of ICT in just one year.
Speaking on behalf the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), the Special Assistant on Youth & Students Affairs, Mr. Nasir Sa’idu Adhama said, “I congratulate the Nigerian students for coming this far in this Global ICT Competition. I also thank Huawei for supporting our Nigerian students and hope Huawei will continue to partner with the country in developing our ICT capabilities.”
Representing the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Managing Director/CEO, NIGCOMSAT, Dr. Abimbola Alale expressed gratitude to Huawei for the opportunity given to the Nigerian students to showcase their expertise at the global level and congratulated the students for making Nigeria proud.
“I commend Huawei for organizing this ICT competition as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility efforts. We look forward to more collaboration between Huawei and the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy” She said on behalf of the Honourable Minister.
Mr. Chris Maiyaki, Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC, speaking on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed said “the National University Commission will like to rejoice with Huawei and the triumphant Nigerian students on this occasion – the Huawei Global ICT competition – which is now highly regarded as the annual knowledge festival. The NUC is honoured to be associated with this success story. This proves that with the right environment and ecosystem, Nigeria can take on global counterparts on any intellectual platform.”