By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Huawei, a global leading in ICT and telecommunications solution provider, has commissioned an ICT equipment in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
The installed equipment is to train students to acquire hands-on skills to bridge the digital divide in intermediate and advanced technologies in routing, switching and security.
A statement signed by the Director Information and Public Affairs, Malam Auwalu Umar and made available to newsmen in Zaria said the equipment, donated by the telecommunications company, comprises three Huawei AR6280 routers, five Huawei S5720 switches as well as cables and other accessories for designing physical and logical topologies.
In her remarks during the commissioning of the ICT facility at the university’s NLG Engineering Laboratory on Friday, the Director of Enterprise Delivery and Service, Huawei Technologies Nigeria Ltd, Ms. Melissa Chen Yangfeng, traced the relationship between the university and the global ICT firm to 2018 when they signed a memorandum of understanding for a partnership on Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy (HAINA) programme and other Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, appreciated the gesture by the telecommunications giant since the MoU was signed in 2018, and expressed satisfaction with the outcome so far recorded.
On Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy (HAINA) programme, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that there were over 800 enrollments and 350 certified in different certificate tracks.
Prof. Bala explained that Fahad Danladi, one of the students from the institution, for example, recently acquired the highest-level certification HCIE (Huawei Certified ICT Expert) and would serve the mandatory NYSC with Huawei.
He also said that the university has four instructors for the HCIE and HCIP Certification training with Engr. Bashir Sani and Dr. Bashir Sadiq regarded as some of the best in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the successes recorded so far were due to the commitment of the instructors as well as dedication and interest by students, and that the institution would continue to support Huawei ICT Academy.
While assuring the company that the equipment would be used judiciously, Prof. Bala is of the belief that creating and maintaining a strong ICT ecosystem would enhance discovery of ICT talents, skills acquisition, opportunities and promote ICT industry certifications.
Some of the personalities present at the commissioning ceremony included, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Danladi A. Ameh; Ag. Director, Iya Abubakar Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IAIICT), Prof. Balarabe Junaidu Sahalu; Director, Directorate of University Advancement, Prof. Ahmed D. Ibrahim; Dean of Engineering, Prof. Abubakar Ismail and a host of others from Directorate of University Advancement, Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring as well as Faculty of Engineering.