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NCWD donates 100 laptops to deaf women, female artisans



National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) on Friday in

Abuja donated laptops and provided funds to 30 deaf women and 70 female artisans as part of

its ICT empowerment programme.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the beneficiaries were engaged in a five-day ICT and

entrepreneurship training for people living with disabilities on Computer Hardware and Mobile Phone

Repairs and ICT Entrepreneurship.

The theme of the training was “Empowerment, Progress and Self Actualisation Through ICT.”

The Director General of the centre, Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta, said that the gesture was aimed at empowering

women, irrespective of their abilities and disabilities on ICT to enable them to perform well in a revolutionised society.

n various ICT and entrepreneurial courses, made possible

by the sign language interpreters and computer visual displays.

“Also, 70 female artisans were trained in computer hardware and mobile phone repairs.

“The aim of this training is to empower our female students, so they can make progress and be able to actualise

their desires in life through the use of ICT.’’

Ekpere-Eta stressed the importance of ICT, which plays a role in all aspects of life and has revolutionised the

way people interact, live and work.

While reiterating the commitment of the centre toward training and empowering women and youths, the

NCWD boss advised the training beneficiaries to make judicious use of the skills acquired and the laptops to

succeed in their endeavours.

She also disclosed that the centre would track and monitor the progress of the beneficiaries, urging them

to participate in more training that would enrich them.

She added that “I urge you all to practice what you have learnt and to share this knowledge with others

in your states as gaining knowledge is the first step of wisdom and sharing is also a step to humanity.’’

to utilise the skills

gathered toward empowering themselves and others.

Mrs Bagudu also urged the women not to sell the laptops given to them, but use it toward accessing more

business ventures and improving on their economic status.

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP),

commended the centre for including female victims of human trafficking in the training.

Okah-Donli, represented by an Assistant Director in the agency, Mrs Similade Adekunle, encouraged the beneficiaries

to make use of the skills acquired toward empowering themselves and others.

A beneficiary, Mrs Helen Benoku, also the FCT President, Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, said the ICT training

would enable persons with disabilities to interact and carry out more business ventures with people via various social media platforms.

Similarly, Maryanne Omolu, another beneficiary, said she acquired knowledge on phone and laptop repairs in addition to her

designing skills, which would make her business more versatile.

Edited & Vetted By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu



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