A media report claiming that Huawei Technologies, a global provider of ICT infrastructure, had decided to challenge the Federal government in London over a $304 million e-customs project because of efforts by the Nigeria Customs Service to award the concession arrangement to another company has been debunked.
Huawei Technologies is one of the Special Purpose Vehicle participants in the contentious $304 million e-Customs project.
Huawei’s Director of Public Relations, Kelvin Yang, said in a statement yesterday that the company has no plans to sue the Nigerian government over the issue and that it is still committed to its long-term partnership with Nigeria and will keep looking for opportunities to support its technological development.
The statement read, “Our attention has been called to a news report with the headline “$176b Revenue at risk as Huawei tries to sue FG in London over $304M e-customs project,” published in ThisDay Newspaper on Monday, March 6, 2023,”
“It is important to note that the technical partner in the e-custom project is Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited. Our responsibility as the technical partner is to provide the project with our technical know-how in order to enhance the digitalization of the customs procedure. As a forerunner in global technology, Huawei has consistently been dedicated to collaborating with nations, corporations, and communities to promote innovation and sustainable growth.”
Yang stated that Huawei is committed to working with the Nigerian government and other partners in the nation to advance the digital transformation agenda and unlock new opportunities for economic growth and social development, and that the company believes technology can play a transformative role in improving people’s lives and helping countries achieve their development goals.
“Huawei will continue to give the public accurate and timely information as necessary and is still committed to transparency and open communication with all of its stakeholders.
“Before publishing news on Huawei or any other company, we implore media outlets to take caution and confirm their sources because inaccurate or misleading information can have detrimental effects on a company’s reputation and its relationships with partners and customers.”
He concluded by saying that Huawei looks forward to continuing its partnership with Nigeria and also contributing to the countries digital transformation journey.