In line with the blueprint on Digital Economy, and in furtherance to bridging the gender imbalance in ICT in Nigeria, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has embarked on the fourth set of Capacity Building Training program for Women in North Central Geopolitical Zone at Lafia, Nasarawa State. The training, which ran from 12th to 18th January 2020, was focused on areas that can increase the capability of the participants for a sustainable livelihood.
The laudable event was part of the Agency’s strategy to invest in Nigerian people by training and building the capacity of at least 100 women in all geo-political zones across the country. It is also part of the agency’s efforts aimed at supporting the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP). The beneficiaries were expected to use their skills to train at least three other women in their domain, in line with the adopted strategy towards achieving digital literacy for all women.
The Director-General of NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CIIE, said in his opening remarks: “I congratulate all the participants who are lucky to be part of this laudable project for being selected out of millions of eligible Nigerian women. I, therefore, urge you to use the skills acquired here to improve your businesses and standard of living”. He also encouraged the participants to utilize the opportunity to exploit technology in bridging the digital divide between men and women in Nigeria.
The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, who was the special guest of honour at the event, expressed his deep gratitude to NITDA for this empowerment program aimed at uplifting the standard of living of our women in the North Central Zone. He urged the participants to fully harness this golden opportunity being given to them to impact the lives of other Nigerian women directly. He challenged them to surpass the threshold given to them by NITDA by training at least ten women instead of just three.
The training session was focused mainly on women’s economic empowerment programs in key ICT areas for the 100 participants including; entrepreneurship development, business management, digital marketing, ICT and graphic design. The participants were drawn from all the states in the North Central Geo-political zone and they were all given a Laptop, internet dongles, stipends and other tools to aid their businesses.