NITDA Empowers, Trains 60 Rural Women In ICT, Techpreneurship

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A cross section of participants during the training in Jigawa State.

As part of efforts to bridge the digital divide in the country through the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has trained and empowered 60 women in information and communication technology (ICT) to enable them to become techprenuers. 

Speaking at the 4-day capacity building of women on ICT techpreneurship in Dutse, Jigawa, the director-general of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, pointed out that digital literacy and skills, which are a key pillar in the agency’s Strategic Road Map and Action Plan (SRAP) 2021-2024 have remained a key focus of the agency in ensuring the acquisition of digital skills across different walks of life, as well as supporting the goal of achieving 95 per cent digital literacy level in the next 10 years.

According to him, in implementing this strategic pillar, NITDA, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, thought it wise to build the capacity of the women and present 60 brand new HP laptops to them to enable them to become techpreneurs. 

Represented by the supervisory department’s desk officer, Folayan Micheal Oluwasegun, Abdullahi admonished all participants to apply the knowledge gained in their various fields, adding that the aim of the training was to equip the women on how to utilise modern ICT tools in doing their online businesses,” the DG averred.

Earlier in his remarks, the governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar, represented by the special assistant on economic empowerment, Malam Muhammed Sheikh Mujaddadi commended NITDA’s commitment to innovation-driven enterprises for micro, small and medium enterprises to thrive.

He urged participants to make good use of the tools received from NITDA in order to ensure that they are self-reliant in the digital world.

The participants expressed their gratitude to the organisers of the laudable programme and promised to make good use of the knowledge and materials received. 

Oluchi Okorafor
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