By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria have emerged third globally at the fifth Hauwei ICT Competition held at Sheenzhen China.
Speaking at the award ceremony held at the Ahmadu Bello University Assembly Hall, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala said the success recorded was due to the commitment of the instructors and dedication and interest by the students which is highly commendable and the University will continue to support Huawei ICT Academy.
Prof. Bala assured Huawei ICT that the donated equipment will be used to train students to acquire hands-on-skills to bridge the digital divide in intermediate and advanced technologies in routing, switching and security .
He said creating and maintaining a strong ICT ecosystem through some of the initiatives can enhance discovery of ICT talents, skills acquisition, opportunities and promote ICT industry certification.
The Vice Chancellor said the global final had a total of 49 teams from 30 countries and among them six are ABU students who participated in both Network and cloud track.
The students that received their certificates are Muhammad Mustapha Mahaja, Fahad Danladi, Abdulkadir Babagana Musa, Dahir Muhammad Dahir, Abdullahi Khlifa Muhammad and Mustapha Abdullahi Jimoh.
In his message, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said the world is fast becoming different in almost every fronts, from what it had always been i and ICT is practically at the centre of these charges being witnessed.
Represented by Prof. M.B. Abubakar, Managing Director Galaxy Backbone said by implication, every sector of the global community must adjust with these changes in order for them to remain relevant.
The Minister added that educational Institutions have a duty of championing the cause and setting the pace in terms of research and innovation in admissible areas with respect to a given part of the final community they belong.
According to him, the achievements of Ahmadu Bello University are showing leadership and hope in the vision of a digitalized Nigeria.
Dr. Pantami commended the management of ABU and staff of Huawei International Company for offering this platform which has seen Nigerian youth display extraordinary skills and resourcefullness in a dynamic sector as that of the information and communication technology.
Earlier in his speech, Assistant Director Huawei International, Mr. Star Shi, said they are celebrating excellent hard work, the future and glory that the Nigerian students have achieved.
He said in Huawei, they recognize students are the future of the society that is why they organized the competition to cultivate, develop and build talents.
According to him, Huawei has been in Nigeria for over 20 years and in the last three, Huawei ICT Academy has invested resources in talent cultivation which is the major reason why they are celebrating success.
He declared the 2021 to 2022 competition open to all Nigerian students who want to compete.