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NCC chief: Women in tech to boost Nigeria’s digital economy

NCC chief: Women in tech to boost Nigeria’s digital economy
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Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says improved access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for women will help grow the nation’s digital economy.

“Expanding women’s access to ICT would not only advance economic opportunities for women, their families and communities, but it will also help address the shortage of skilled workers and grow the digital economy,” the telecoms regulatory chief says.

Danbatta made this observation while presenting a paper titled: “Way Forward for more Women participation in ICT,” at the National Female Conference and Gender Participation in ICT Awards held recently at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, Nasarawa State. The Conference was themed: “Female Gender Participation in ICT: Its Effect on National Development.”

Technology Times file photo shows a lady showing off mobile phones at a mobile phone retail outlet in Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos.
Technology Times file photo shows a lady showing off mobile phones at a mobile phone retail outlet in Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]“Expanding women’s access to ICT would not only advance economic opportunities for women, their families and communities, but it will also help address the shortage of skilled workers and grow the digital economy,” the telecoms regulatory chief says.[/quote]Represented by Ms. Tokunboh Oyeleye, Head, Information Technology at NCC, Danbatta stressed the importance of ICT in opening a new world for working, learning, interactions, creativity and innovations.

Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta

He however encouraged women to tap more into the opportunities provided by the ICT platform to build their potentials and contribute to the growth of the economy.

In another development, the Commission hosted the 22nd Edition of the Consumer Town Hall Meeting in Effurun, Warri, Delta State on October 20, 2016, themed: “Information and Education as a Catalyst for Consumer Protection.”

NCC says in a social media post that the Consumer Town Hall meeting seeks to educate telecom consumers and other stakeholders on contemporary issues generating interest in the industry and also serves as a feedback mechanism for the Commission in making regulatory intervention for the benefit of the consumers and the Service providers as well as the industry as a whole.

This is in continuation of the Commission’s drive to educate telecoms consumers adequately so they make informed choices of telecom services and products, according to the telecoms watchdog

Mr. Abdullahi Maikano Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, was represented by Dr. Joesph Atoyebi, the Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau.

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