NITDA Empowers Rural Women with ICT, Entrepreneurial Skills

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Emma Okonji

As part of efforts in bridging 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 continued in its national-wide capacity building on digital literacy for the teeming youths and women across the country.

Digital literacy and skills, which is a key pillar in the agency’s Strategic Road Map and Action Plan (SRAP) 2021-2024, has remained a key focus for NITDA’s Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa, in ensuring the acquisition of digital skills across different walk of life as well as support the goal of achieving 95 per cent digital literacy level in the next 10 years.

In implementing the strategic pillar, NITDA, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has concluded a 4-day capacity building of Women on ICT Techprenuership in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, where 60 brand new HP laptops were presented to all participants 60 who were drawn from various local governments within the state.

The Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar who was 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.

The participants were advised to make good use of the tools received from NITDA in collaboration with the Jigawa State government in ensuring that they are self-reliant in the Digital world.

The NITDA Director-General, who was represented by the supervisory department’s desk officer, Folayan Micheal Oluwasegun, admonished all participants to apply the knowledge gained in their various fields.
“The aim of the training is to equip the women on how to utilise modern ICT tools in doing their online businesses,” Inuwa said.

The participants expressed their gratitude to the organisers of the program and promised to make good use of the knowledge and materials received. They also thanked NITDA and Jigawa State Government for the initiative, which they described as laudable.