NITDA keys into Buhari’s ERGP, trains 100 women in ICT

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DG NITDA Dr Ali Isa Pantami
DG NITDA Dr Ali Isa Pantami

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, says it has started its first batch of Women-in-ICT training with 100 participants drawn from across the North West region.

In a statement signed by the Agency’s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Hadiza Umar, the programme is expected to create 300 hundred direct jobs and over 1000 indirect jobs.

The statement read in part: “This training is part of the Agency’s continuous efforts aimed at supporting the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

“Towards the realisation of these laudable objectives, we in NITDA, in our efforts at assessing and addressing ICT skills requirements to support sustainable economic growth and development strides, this year, developed this unique training programme targeting women.

“It is obvious that women have unequal access to economic opportunities than men, thus NITDA believes technology can be used to bridge the gap.

“The first batch of the programme is scheduled to hold in the North West region and is aimed to train 100 women, create 300 hundred direct jobs and over 1000 indirect jobs. The training has started yesterday.

“Key objectives of the programme include boosting digital literacy, creating digital jobs, bridging the digital divide, promoting digital inclusion, and using technology to address gender imbalance in economic opportunities.

“Statistics have shown that women’s participation in ICT is less than 24% and we in NITDA are determined to bridge the gap through special training programmes for women in addition to the usual ICT capacity development activities of which both men and women are given equal opportunities.

“The four weeks training programme focuses on key ICT skill areas including entrepreneurship development, business management, ICT and communication.

“In line with Mr President’s commitment to sustainable human capital development, the programme is fully funded and participants will be provided with first class accommodation, feeding and healthcare services for the duration of the training.

“In addition, each participant will also receive customised laptop computer system, stipend and other tools to aid their future pursuits,” the statement concluded.