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The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University Lokoja, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, has called on government at all levels, employers of labour and international organisations to empower women in the civil service on computer and internet skills in order to combat internet fraud and other sharp practices in the country
Akinwumi made the call yesterday in Lokoja, Kogi State, at the opening ceremony of a three-day training workshop on ‘EmpowerNet: Secure-Connect-Strive for Kogi Women in Civil Service’, organised by US Exchange Alumni, Kogi State chapter.
The vice chancellor stated that the training workshop came at a very auspicious time given the dynamics of today’s digital and competitive age.
He emphasised that computer literacy is not just a skill, but a gateway to economic independence, professional growth and social empowerment.
Akinwumi noted that equipping women with the tools and knowledge to navigate the digital landscape, the barriers that have historically limited their participation in the workforce would be dismantled.
“Computer competency can further help in transcending traditional gender boundaries or biases; enhance the women’s individual capabilities, and enable them to contribute meaningfully in diverse fields,” he added.
The university don explained further that through programme such as this, “Nigeria will be participating in building a more equitable future where opportunities and successes are determined by merit rather than gender.
“It is hoped that this workshop will further your capacities and empower you to unlock your full potential in your homes, workplaces and the world at large.”
While emphasising employers of labour to improve the welfare of women in the civil service, Akinwunmi maintained that this should be done urgently in view of the harsh economic reality in Nigeria.
This, according to him, will help to address some critical needs in the family, adding that women are nation builders who should always be treated nicely looking at their numerous contributions to family, society and national development.
Earlier in his remarks, the state chapter Chairman, US Exchange Alumni, Prof. Joseph Abel, said the training is aimed at equipping participants with practical knowledge on the use of computers, information management, fraud prevention and email communication for women civil servants drawn from different ministries and agencies, including the civil defence.
The Lead Facilitator and Director of Federal University Lokoja ICT Centre, Mr. Peter Akin Tokunbo, explained that although some of the women already have knowledge of the use of computers, the training will help them to use the computer and the internet safely.