As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, globally renowned Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Huawei Technologies Limited has donated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment worth over $26, 000 dollars to the Federal University of Technology, Minna. The formal hand-over of the equipment took place on Friday, October 30, 2020 at the University Senate Chamber, Main Campus, Gidan Kwano with a large number of dignitaries in attendance. Speaking while presenting the equipment to the University, the Huawei Country Channel Training Manager, Mr. Kenneth Igwe said the donation of the equipment was in line with the company’s mission of bridging the gap by making cutting-edge technology available to students for hands-on practical experience for effective learning as well as to build a fully connected and intelligent world.
Mr. Igwe disclosed that Huawei is proud of FUTMinna for being one of the best Huawei Training Academies in the country. He added that FUTMinna has trained and certified over 300 students in different technology, even as he stated that FUTMinna also produced two students who represented Nigeria at the 2019 Cultural-Exchange programme in China. “I want the Federal University of Technology, Minna to be the tech-hub for other tertiary institutions in the North-Central Zone so that through FUTMinna, we can extend these technologies to other parts of the country,” Mr. Igwe revealed. He commended the Vice-Chancellor of the University for being enthusiastic about the technological advancement of the University as well as his support for the fruitful relationship between the University and Huawei Technologies Limited. Responding after receiving the equipment, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, (Walin Zazzau Suleja) expressed appreciation to Huawei for making the donation to the University, adding that the Huawei Academy is the most active and supportive academy in the University. “We have invested so much efforts in trying to bring this Academy to the University in order to improve on the employability of our graduates. We believe that they should have the opportunity of one certification or the other before they leave the University so that they will be ready for employment. Huawei has gone a long way in helping us to achieve this and I must thank you profoundly,” the distinguished professor of Soil Science and Land Management noted.
Further, Prof. Bala applauded Huawei for ensuring that the equipment donated were customized specifically for the University, while disclosing that the University is certain of the quality of the equipment because it was monitored right from the point of production at the factory, shipment from China to Nigeria as well as its clearing. The Vice-Chancellor thanked Huawei for accepting to offer three more training slots to the University to add up to the three existing certified Huawei Certified Network Associate instructors, noting that the six certified instructors would make FUTMinna the only university in the country with such number of certified instructors. “In my own capacity, I will give all the necessary support for this relationship to be scaled up and to make sure that we do everything within our powers to ensure that FUTMinna is represented at the next edition of the Students Technology Competition slated for China in 2021. “With the International Test Centre, we have broadened the certification opportunities for our students,” the University of London alumnus enthused. In addition, Prof Bala commended Huawei for awarding FUTMinna the most active Huawei Academy in the country during the lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, while assuring that the vision to make FUTMinna a tech-hub will be realized. He praised the Director of the institution’s Information Technology Services (ITS) and his staff for their commitment to the Huawei project to the extent that the University has produced the best Huawei Trainer from 2018 to 2019 in Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, the Director of ITS, Dr. Mohammed Adamu stated that the Vice-Chancellor’s support to the ITS has been yielding fruitful collaborations among which is the Huawei partnership which has launched the University on the global map. He lauded Huawei for donating the equipment to the University, while revealing that the equipment would be deployed for its intended purpose. The Deputy Director, ITS, Engr. Dr. Bala Alhaji Salihu made a PowerPoint presentation, highlighting the notable milestones of the partnership between Huawei and FUTMinna. The list of the equipment donated are; 3 AR6280 integrated chassis, 1* SRU slot, 4* SIC slot, 2* WSIC slot, Service and Router Unit 400H, 5 units of BASE-T ports, 4* 10GE SFP PORTS, 1* expansion slot without power module, 15 sets of RJ45-to-DB9, Adapter Console Cable 3m, 50 sets of outsourcing cable, CAT6A Network, 16 units of single cable V.35 Serial port. Others include; 5 sets of 600W AC power module, 3 sets of 350W AC power module, 3 pieces of 8-Port Sync/Async Serial WAN Interface Card and 8 sets of power cable, Britain AC power cable 250V10A, 3.0M, PGAM, H05VV-F 1.0MM 2(3C), C13SF. Huawei was founded in 1987 in China. It is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices.

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