Nigeria: Huawei Awards ICT Scholarship to 15 Unilag Students
Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria has awarded ICT scholarships to 15 students of the University of Lagos. The Huawei ICT Scholarship scheme is targeted at full-time undergraduate students who are committed to a career in ICT- related fields. The scholarship covers tuition fee, accommodation, study materials and upkeep. Each of the students received N200,000.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Mr. Wei Chengmin, the company's President, Western Africa Region, said the scheme was part of the organisation's community social responsibility initiative aimed at developing talents for the ICT industry.
He said: "This scheme supports educational bodies to encourage and cultivate talents in the telecom field, equipping them with sufficient knowledge about telecom technology, thereby bridging the digital divide among communities, regions and countries through education.
"This is part of our commitment to "Bridging the Digital Divide" through education, which is one of the cardinal objectives of Huawei CSR strategies in Nigeria."
Wei said the choice of University of Lagos for the pilot scheme was due to its exemplary contributions to ICT education in the country and its continuous adoption and deployment of ICT in every area of its business.
In his remarks, the institution's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Babatunde Sofoluwe, thanked the company for the gesture, adding that support from corporate organisations for educational institutions is necessary in view of government's limited resources.
One of the award recipients, Kesa Oluwafunmilola, said the award would ginger them to work harder and encourage them to aspire to the top. She stated their resolve to put in more efforts next year in order to be qualified again for the award.