The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday urged girls not to let gender be a limitation to them but rather an asset.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the appeal at the 8th edition of the International Girls-In-Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day organised by E-BusinessLife Communication Ltd.
Danbatta was represented by Mrs Abigail Sholanke, Director of Projects, NCC.
The event is themed “Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes: An ICT Skilled GirlForce’’.
According to him, women are natural leaders, planners, administrators and strategic thinkers and that makes them to thrive in everything they do.
“Your capacity in the digital space and indeed in anything one wishes to do in the world is determined by one’s own drive, ambition, hard work, determination, tenacity, intellect, personal self-confidence and poise and one’s strive for excellence.
“It is, therefore, timely that we are discussing empowering the girls to participate in the digital age as the world celebrates International Day of Girls in ICT.
“The day is celebrated annually around the world with the aim of raising awareness on the growing importance of digital skills for girls, to pursue successful professional careers across sectors.
“The initiative aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICT and enable then to reap the benefits of greater female participation in ICT,’’ he said.
Danbatta said that NCC as a regulator for the communication sector in Nigeria had continued to play a vital role in ensuring the actualisation of the Girls in ICT objective.
Danbatta said that the commission through collaboration and support to various advocacy groups in different parts of the country, had been raising awareness about the opportunities in the ICT sector for women.
He urged the girls to actively participate in all planned activities and be open -minded in pursuing a career in the ICT sector.
Danbatta equally advised them not to let anyone tell them that they cannot do tech things and urged them to maximise the opportunities given to them.
“Do whatever you set your heart to do in the technology space. There is no limitation.
“ Nigeria does not limit you; your teachers, parents and lecturers do not limit you.
“They are all open to using your skills for the greater good. The digital space is the normal space for your generation, so do not be left out of it,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mrs Ufuoma Emuophedaro, the Publisher E-businees Life Communication Ltd., said that in spite of promising predictions globally, not enough young people are choosing careers in Information Technology.
She, however, said that the situation was more pronounced in developing countries and thus the need to encourage girls to be part of the technology space.
“International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICT.
“It is to counter the chronic global decline in the number of female ICT students, which in turn contribute to a predicted global shortfall of at least two million ICT jobs which will not be able to be filled through lack of qualified staff,’’ Emuophedaro said.
She said that no career should be termed as man or woman job, urging females all over the world to challenge themselves to do the unimaginable, achieve the unthinkable and bridge this gap.
Edited by Adeleye Ajayi