FG keen to ’empower Nigerian girls with ICT skills’, CommTech Minister says

FG keen to ’empower Nigerian girls with ICT skills’, CommTech Minister says

FG keen to ’empower Nigerian girls with ICT skills’, CommTech Minister says

0

Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology, has said that the Federal Government is keen to empower Nigerian girls and women through its ICT gender empowerment initiatives.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology”]“What we have is that the Ministry of Communication Technology has three programmes under the GWIN programme and this is one of them and it is called the 1000 Girls Programme. Here what we have done is to train 1000 girls from all over the country in ICT skills. We gave them three days of training in basic ICT skills and out of those 1000 girls, we are selecting the best 200 that showed the most promise with the expectation that they will then continue in the field of ICT, working with any of the IT companies so that they can start their careers in ICT.”[/blockquote]

She told an interactive session with young women undergoing training at the Ministry’s 1000 Girls ICT Training Programme in Abuja that several programmes including the 1000 Girls programme, which is part of the GWIN programme of the Federal Government, are aimed at empowering Nigerian girls and women in Nigeria.

“What we have is that the Ministry of Communication Technology has three programmes under the GWIN programme and this is one of them and it is called the 1000 Girls Programme. Here what we have done is to train 1000 girls from all over the country in ICT skills. We gave them three days of training in basic ICT skills and out of those 1000 girls, we are selecting the best 200 that showed the most promise with the expectation that they will then continue in the field of ICT, working with any of the IT companies so that they can start their careers in ICT”, Johnson said.

FG keen to ’empower Nigerian girls with ICT skills’, CommTech Minister says
Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology, seen in photograph with some participants at the “Girls in ICT Day 2013

Under the plan, the Ministry is collaborating with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to execute the 1000 training program hoped to empower girls with ICT skills and help improve the employability of the girls. It is also hoped that this will increase their interest in pursuing careers in ICT.

The CommTech Minister expects that the training programme will also empower the 1,000 girls with ICT skills and knowledge in the knowledge economy, help reduce the imbalance in ICT adoption and appropriation among men and women in the country.

“We hope this will contribute to bridging the gender divide. Statistics show that there are 32 percent fewer women online than men in developing economies and what we hope to do here is that by doing this programmes, we are actually starting to close that divide because if we didn’t do this, the divide actually begins to get bigger”, Johnson added.

The other two programmes under the GWIN programme are The Digital Girls Clubs and SmartWoman Nigeria programme also geared towards empowering women and Girls in Nigeria.

AdvertisingFG keen to ’empower Nigerian girls with ICT skills’, CommTech Minister says
Kayode Oladeinde Technology Journalist at Technology Times. Mobile: +234 (0) 7031526929