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NCC restates commitment to digital empowerment for young women, girls



The Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) has reaffirmed its dedication to the promotion and empowerment of younger girls and ladies in the usage of Data and Communication Expertise (ICT) within the nation.

The Fee expressed this dedication throughout separate sensitization campaigns held at Authorities Women’ Science Faculty (GSS), Kuje and Nobel Corridor Management Academy, Abuja on Tuesday, Could 25, 2021, because it joined the remainder of the world in marking the tenth anniversary of Women in ICT Day 2021.

The annual occasion is an initiative of the Worldwide Telecommunication Union (ITU), designed to boost world consciousness on empowering and inspiring younger girls and ladies to contemplate research and careers in Science, Expertise, Engineering and Arithmetic (STEM).

Apart the sensitization campaigns held in Abuja, the NCC held comparable occasions, in its zonal workplaces, throughout the nation in furtherance of its dedication to advertise the empowerment of younger girls via ICT.

Addressing members on the Nobel Corridor Academy, Head, Web Governance, NCC, Tokunbo Oyeleye, stated the annual occasion is an affidavit to the significance the Fee locations on the necessity to expose ladies and younger girls to extra alternatives in ICT in addition to deal with their cyber safety considerations.

Conveying the felicitations of the Government Vice Chairman/CEO of the Fee, Professor, Umar Graba Danbatta, Oyeleye stated the theme of this 12 months’s version of the programme, “Linked Women, Creating Brighter Futures’’ aptly underscores the rising significance of the necessity for an setting that encourages younger girls to accumulate requisite digital expertise to realize their future aspirations.

“The Fee aligns with the ITU’s Decision 70, which advocates gender mainstreaming and promotion of gender equality, empowerment of girls via Data and Communication Expertise (ICT).”

The Fee has persistently used the platform to encourage Nigerian ladies to enterprise into ICT careers. “Therefore, we sensitise college students in secondary colleges on how the NCC, because the telecom sector regulator, is making a safer house for women, by elevating consciousness on digital expertise, gender-based violence in addition to creating initiatives for the safety of youngsters and ladies’ rights on-line,” she stated.

She said additional that the annual occasion additionally resonates with the Little one On-line Safety (COP) drive of the Fee aimed toward collectively creating measures for a safer on-line setting for kids. The Fee via numerous types of help and participation in actions that educate youngsters on methods to maintain protected on-line has been advancing the target to advertise and safeguard nationwide pursuits, security and safety.

In the identical vein, a Senior Supervisor at NCC, Yisa Elizabeth, who led the Fee’s staff to GSS, Kuje, inspired younger ladies to make the most of the quite a few alternatives in ICT for his or her private and profession growth.

Different areas the place the Fee carried out the sensitization embody Women’ Academy Senior Secondary Faculty, Lagos Island and Women’ Senior Secondary Grammar Faculty, Obalende Keffi, Lagos State; Mannequin Women’ Secondary Faculty, Rumueme and Authorities Women’ Secondary Faculty Rumuokwuta, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Kano Capital Secondary Faculty (Women’ part), Matan Fada Highway, Nassarawa and Mairo Tijjani Women’ Science and Technical Faculty, Kano State.

The members counseled the NCC for the frilly enlightenment programme, which they stated was very helpful because it has stimulated their curiosity and dispelled the damaging gender perceptions usually related to ICT.