Three Nigerian students have been ranked first in Africa and emerged third at the Global Finals of the Huawei ICT competition held at the company’s headquarters in China.
Tanki Li, the Director of Huawei Technologies Nigeria in Abuja, disclosed this while welcoming the students at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The students who are of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, contested with 147 other participants representing 30 countries. They came third after four first-prize winners from China, Malaysia, Peru and Algeria.
Li also reveald that the ABU students ranked first in Africa, leading other participants from the continent with 790.4 points; while Tanzania with 745.6 points, Kenya with 737 points and Angola with 700.8 points, came behind them to represent the continent at the global level.
According to Li, “We believe that this event will inspire more students’ interest in ICT. This platform provides students with a world-class stage to showcase themselves and consolidate the vital ICT needed for Africa’s development.
“Huawei hopes to attract more ICT universities and colleges, government organisations, industries and training partners to jointly enhance the digital skills of students for education and industry transformation.
“In order to achieve the goal of technology excellence and relaying far-reaching goals, Huawei will continue to do a good job in the formulation of talent standards, build talent alliances, disseminate talent value and build a benign ICT talent ecosystem,” Li added.
Meanwhile, Professor Ibrahim Garba, the Vice-Chancellor of ABU Zaria, expressed pride over the students’ outing amidst meagre resources.
“I am proud of my boys because they went with very limited preparation from an environment that is limited in resources and infrastructure and were still able to compete with the best of the best in the world,” he said.