Samsung Nigeria has announced the launch of Samsung Innovation Campus, in collaboration with the Lagos state government, through the Lagos State Technical & Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB).
Charlie Lee, Managing Director, Samsung Nigeria, disclosed during a press conference at the Samsung office in Lagos, on Monday, November 23.
Mr. Lee said the program is aimed at educating students and unemployed youth to be experienced in key technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution, such as AI, IoT and Big Data, nurturing them to be the next generation workforce.
Mr. Ibukun Adewole, Head of Service at Samsung stated that, “As a socially responsible company in Nigeria, we are trying, to repay the love of the Nigerian people by focusing our empowerment initiatives on education.
“Samsung operated the Samsung Engineering Academy in Lagos until 2018. The program provided skills training to students, and about 140 of the graduates went on to be hired at Samsung or other service centers.
“Along with such technological education, the Samsung Innovation Campus also offers soft skills training to enhance students’ employability and ability to bring their knowledge to life”, he added.
Relating Samsung’s long history and major presence in Nigeria, Charlie Lee added that Samsung established its Nigeria Office in 2005 and has operated the business for 18 years in Lagos. In 2011, Samsung Heavy Industries, an affiliated company, also entered the market.
“Nigeria is an important country. Samsung Nigeria Office supplies products that are closely related to the lives of Nigerian people such as TV’s, smartphones, AC’s, Washing Machines, refrigerators and microwaves. We have become Nigeria’s beloved global company”, he said.
While fielding questions from the press on Samsung’s support of The Republic of Korea’s bid for the World Expo (Busan) 2030, the MD disclosed that three Special envoys of the South Korean president visited Nigeria early this year, in May, June and October.
“The CEO of Samsung Electronics visited Nigeria recently, and had a meeting with Ambassador Adamu Ibrahim Lamuwa, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.” He said.
Reiterating the benefits of the Busan World EXPO to the Nigerian government and people, Chika Nnadozie, Head of Marketing affirmed that the Expo will be a good opportunity to share Korea’s development experience with other countries and discuss ways for the world to grow together.
“This Busan Expo’s purpose would also be aligned with Samsung’s mission to ‘Contribute to society’ as well”, she added
In his final remarks, Charlie Lee concluded saying, “The Busan Expo will provide great opportunities to reinforce the relationship between Nigeria and South Korea. I sincerely ask the Nigerian Government for your support for the Busan Expo”.