The Director General, National Centre For Women Development, Mrs Mary Ekpere-ETA, said that the Federal Government had trained 120 teenage girls in various ICT pursuits.
Ekpere-ETA said this at the end of a three-day camp organised by Nobleteenteens Africa, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Friday in Abuja.
She said that the programme was organised for the teenage girls to enable them develop and boost their quest to pursue Information and Communication Technology (ICT) career.
The DG further explained that the platform was to encourage and empower the teen girls to develop and be confident in exploring their skills.
She also explained that ICT drives growth, innovation and infiltrate other aspects of life worldwide as well as develop the requisite capacity of girls and women.
According to her, the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative policies of the government cannot be over emphasised and is good for the development of any economy.
“Over 120 teenage girls were trained in various ICT pursuits such as web design and development, computer programming, robotic and artificial intelligence.
“I want to urge all participants to use this opportunity to broaden their skills towards becoming ICT creators and not just users. ICT creators also provide high opportunities for self.
“It will help to bridge any existing gap and provide an avenue to pull them to light and the potentials of the other half of the population, which is made up of girls, women and youths,” she said.
In her remarks, Mrs Princess Iphie, the Publisher of Nobleteens Africa and Convener of the programme, expressed happiness at the performance of the girls after learning how to design websites.
Iphie called on stakeholders to assist African teenagers ‘walk the walk’ in view of the fact that the future was here to provide the right leadership and mentoring them to attain great heights in life.
“We call on everybody, the government, companies and industries to help bring these teenagers to occupy their rightful place in the digital space because the future is digital weather we like it or not.
“We have to train these children today for the tomorrow we are all clamouring for. “Empowering Teenage Girls to be Part of Digital Space,” she said.
Nzegbuna Immaculata-Mary, one of beneficiaries, said that she started practicing personally at home but the training inspired her to do and achieve more and learn better.
Immaculata-Mary, who wanted to be a computer engineer, called on other teenagers to always attend programmes like this to enlighten themselves.
Fatima Musa, another beneficiary, said that she was privileged to be invited to attend the ICT training, adding that it was a compulsory thing to do.
Musa thanked all the stakeholders and the organisers of the event for the thought of bringing teenage girls together to acquire knowledge.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it was an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) programme, which Nigeria is a signatory and the day is observed annually by the union and its member states.