The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, says it has commenced a specialized ICT Training for over 350 Persons Living With Disabilities in the 6 States of the North-eastern zone of the country.
In a statement signed by the agency’s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Hadiza Umar, the training will expose the participants on topics like Computer Essentials, Online Collaboration, Digital Literacy and Entrepreneurship, amongst others.
According to Mrs Umar, the training is part of NITDA’s mandate ensure that the disadvantaged groups are given access and skills required to enjoy the benefits of the information age.
“According to the World Bank, 1 Billion people globally live with one form of disability or another.
“The World Report on Disability (WRD), jointly published by the World Health Organization and the World Bank in 2011, narrowed that figure to 25 Million as the number of Nigerians living with at least one form of disability.
“This number constitutes a significant proportion of the Nigerian population and it is critical to improving their aptitude for and access to ICT for the benefit of the economy.
“The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, places a premium on investment in people and emphasizes the need for social inclusion.
As such, it is important that our digital inclusion efforts should include PLWDs.
“NITDA has been organising an annual ICT training for PLWDs as a means of building their capacity to make them self-reliant. The training takes place in the different geopolitical zones of the country.
“This year’s edition is taking place in the North East. Gombe State was selected as the venue of the event due to its proximity to all the States of the Zone.
“During a courtesy call, the Governor of Gombe State Dr Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo commends the effort of the current management of NITDA for transforming a sleeping Agency to a very active and productive one.
“During the training, the participants with be taught topics like Computer Essentials, Online Collaboration, Digital Literacy and Entrepreneurship, amongst others.
“The curriculum will also include cluster-specific topics. Each of the participants will be provided with a Specialized Laptop with Custom Software installed to meet the distinct training needs of the participants in each of the three clusters.
“We believe that the laptops, training and post-event mentorship will empower the PLWDs and enable them to establish their own business.
“We also believe that it will enable them to serve as trainers and mentors to other PLWDs,” Mrs Umar hoped.