A computer laboratory constructed by Huawei Technologies and commissioned to serve Koguna town in Makoda local government area of Kano State has been named after the executive vice chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta. The laboratory was christened ‘Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Computer Lab’.
According to the director, public relations, Huawei Nigeria, Lola Fafore, the commissioning was witnessed by Danbatta and the district head of Makoda, Alhaji Labaran Abdullahi. The project, he said, forms part of the company’s contribution to Nigeria as part of its corporate social responsibility. Fafore assured that Huawei will continue to promote digital inclusion, primarily through the provision of access to technology.
“Huawei has been operating in Nigeria for over 22 years now and we can say that Nigeria is a great country with many great talents and potential. We love the Nigerian people and are happy to always give back through corporate social responsibility initiatives such as this.
“Huawei is, therefore, constantly making more effort in terms of connectivity, applications and skills transfer to promote digital inclusion for all. This is in line with Huawei’s mission to bring digital services to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected intelligent world. As part of our contribution to this great nation, we believe in making technology accessible to all. Technology should not be for the few, but for everyone,” she said.
In appreciating the technology giant for the honour and its donation to the community, Danbatta commended Huawei Nigeria Limited for the central role it has played in the development of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.
“This computer laboratory was built through a huge donation by Huawei, a household name in Nigeria. They provide and manage services for major telecommunications companies in Nigeria. They are dominant in that sector. I can’t imagine the state of telecoms in Nigeria without the invaluable role that Huawei is playing in the country,” Danbatta said.
The traditional ruler of Makoda who doubles as the Barayan Bichi, poured encomiums on the donors and the NCC boss whose philanthropic disposition attracted the gesture.
Also, he said Danbatta has been making invaluable contributions to the development of the nation’s communities, the state and the nation at large. The community leader stated that Danbatta has implemented many philanthropic and people-oriented projects in his community, in addition to his strides in driving the development of ICT adoption and usage through numerous initiatives.
A statement by the commission’s director of public affairs, Reuben Muoka said those who attended the commissioning ceremony included the vice-chairman of Makoda local government, Alhaji Yusif Bala; Director, human capital and administration, NCC, Barr. Usman Malah; Chief of staff to the EVC, Malam Hafiz Shehu; the controller, NCC zonal office in Kano, Malam Shuaibu Swade, among others.