By Kennedy Dimaku, Abuja:
Wife of President Mohammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari has urged Nigerian
young girls to leverage on the opportunities provided in Information
and Communication Technology (ICT) to become wealth creators rather
than those who would queue in search of white collar jobs.
Mrs. Buhari who was represented by Senator Binta Garuba stated this
during Grand Finale of “Girls in ICT” held in Abuja. She said that
days were gone when ICT industry was left for the male folk. She
encouraged the girls who had undergone three day training on ICT to
put to use all that they were taught in order to make a mark in the
society. She noted that the future of the girls was assured with the
entrepreneurial skills deposited in them.
She appreciated the efforts of the organizers who had impacted in the
lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable young girls and had given them
such training that would make them become people who Nigeria would
reckon with in the near future.
“Girls in ICT” was organized by NobelTeens to mark International Girls
in ICT Day 2016 with theme: Expanding Horizons and Changing Attitudes.
Meanwhile, Director General, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC,
Prof. Umar Garba Danbata said the ICT sector was dynamic and driving
the world’s economy, as well as creating new employment opportunities
which are conducive for female gender.
The DG who was represented by the Director, Public Affairs, Mr Tony
Ojobo noted that the female are underrepresented in ICT sector
globally, pointing out that the industry need more female to fill up
the gap. He encouraged the women to harness the opportunities in ICT
for their own advantage.
However, a parent whose daughter participated in the training in ICT,
Mr. Emeka Obienyi expressing surprise at the skills acquired said that
the girls were prepared to face the future noting his daughter was
taught how to make money. He said he would give his daughter the
necessary assistance needed to excel in the skill she had acquired.
More so, the convener of ‘Girls in ICT’ Madam Princess Iphie told
journalists that Girls Connect in ICT was aimed at having advocacy and
empowerment of young girls to enable them become future wealth
creators. She said that the idea was to expose them to make money even
in the comfort of their rooms.