Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Technology in partnership with Huawei, one of the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions providers on Monday in Lagos flagged off a training programme on ICT basic knowledge for 1,000 Nigerian girls.
The Ministry also launched the SmartWoman Nigeria initiative in collaboration with US based social enterprise ChangeCorp and WIMBIZ same day in Lagos. The launch of the gender initiatives is expected to help empower Nigerian women and girls in ICTs.
About 1,000 female students are expected to benefit from the Girls in ICT training one year duration programme which started Monday in Huawei’s ICT Training Center in Lagos The three day training programme is expected to empower Nigerian female students with ICT skills and knowledge in the knowledge economy.
Minister of Communication Technology (FMCT), Omobola Johnson, speaking to IT Journalists during the launching of both initiatives said it was time the imbalance in ICT adoption and appropriation among men and women was removed.
The Minister emphasised that ICTs have the transforming power to accelerate the development of women by helping them to be more efficient and effective in their jobs, careers, and business and to generate new employment opportunities.
The Minister via software development and innovation, ICT has unlimited potential to significantly contribute to increasing the social welfare of women.
She said that the Ministry was committed in empowering women and girls to embrace ICTs to actualise their potentials and contribute to the economic development of Nigeria through various specific technology initiatives.
However, the launch of the 1,000 girls training programme is part of Huawei’s strong corporate social responsibility to the Nigerian society and in solidarity with female students who are willing to explore their careers in ICT industry across the country.
“The programme was part of Huawei’s commitment of localisation, technology transferring to Nigeria and employment promotion, Hover Gao, Vice President of Huawei West Africa, said. He added that , “ “Huawei is the first ICT solutions provider to establish an ICT training center in Abuja back in 2004 and since then the training center has provided more than 5,000 opportunities to ICT practitioners.
“ Huawei and FMCT orientation programme on ICT Basic Knowledge for female students is not a one time off event. On the contrary, Huawei and FMCT will develop this campaign into a long-term project.
The training also enables us to create an ICT talents pool and some of the trainees will become Huawei employees”, Hover said.
The SmartWoman initiative which featured at the first meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development Working Group on Gender in Mexico City of which the Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson is a member is targeted at low- to middle-income urban and high-income rural women business owners.
It offers learning in communication skills, banking, financial, health, and family work/life balance issues.