Chinese tech company, Huawei, has launched an innovation and experience centre valued at $6 million in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria.
The innovation centre that also doubles as Joint Open Lab of the University of Lagos (Unilag) is to serve as a training platform to nurture more ICT talents, according to Huawei.
The company said that the centre is built on the concept of cloud that enables “visitors to share Huawei global resources.”
The latest cutting edge ICT technologies such as 4.5G, Internet of Things and digital service innovation will be deployed on this platform, the Huawei said.
Barrister Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications of Nigeria, who was present at the opening ceremony said that “this is an epoch making event for a number of reasons, but most importantly is the fact that the present government is easily the first government to come on stage leveraging the benefits of the digital revolution with strategic partnership with Huawei Chinese company as a leading global supplier of ICT products, solutions and services.”
According to the Minister, “therefore I would like to use this opportunity to express my appreciation on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria to Huawei Technologies for partnering with the Ministry in the area of Human and Institutional capacity development.”
Also commenting on the innovation, Frank Li, Managing Director of Huawei Nigeria, said that “Huawei is dedicated to investment of industry innovation driven by both customer needs and new technologies.”
According to him, Huawei’s continuous investment and resources will be put into ICT innovation to drive the digital economy in Nigeria and in other African countries.
Also in attendance at the opening ceremony are Chao Xiaoliang, Chinese Consul General in Lagos; Professor Duro Oni, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Unilag, as well as the senior executives from the major operators.