The Nigerian communications Commission (NCC) has thrown its weight behind eBusiness Life Communication Limited in the campaign to sensitise young girls on the imperatives of pursuing ICT-related careers.
The nod will see the regulator partnering with the media organisation in its upcoming event, eBusinesslife International Girls in ICT Day Celebration, scheduled for April 22, 2021, in Lagos.
In a discussion with the organisers, the NCC noted its willingness to partner with eBusinesslife to ensure that the gender disparity in ICT-related careers is addressed to motivate young girls contribute their quota in the industry.
The International Girls’ in ICT Day Celebration is an initiative launched through the International Telecommunications Commission (ITU) Resolution 70 with the idea of creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the ﬁeld of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
In the past nine years, eBusiness Life had organised the event annually in Nigeria, gathering young girls from different schools, to educate and sensitise them on the opportunities inherent in professions in ICT, and providing a platform for organisations to synergise on complementary ways to further the cause. Also the girls had been made to go through hands-on training on various aspects of ICT and gone on facility visits to ICT companies to get first-hand experience of the intricacies of these ICT firms. However, the 2020 edition was botched by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer of eBusiness Life Communication and convener of the event, Mrs. UfuomaEmuophedaro, said the need to sensitise young girls was premised on the fact that the society has unconsciously relegated the female gender and delegated careers in technical fields, especially in ICT, to their male counterparts, and that the support from NCC will further lend credence to the campaign.
She called on corporate bodies and the society at large to recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.