Today, April 23rd is International Girls in ICT Day
International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider studies and careers in information and communication technologies. The day is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday in April.
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies and they see the pressing need to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls through, among other domains, ICTs.
Joining the rest of the global world in celebrating this day, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is creating awareness about Nigeria’s critical necessity for more girls and women in the ICT sector.
According to the ITU, this deficit will be responsible for an estimate of over two million jobs in the ICT sector within the next few years. That is a very fertile ground just waiting to be tapped into.
In a press release signed by the Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations NITDA, Mrs Hadiza Umar, Director General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa said;
“Empowering girls to choose a career in ICT is not just good for girls and their families but can also be a major accelerator of socio-economic development of our country, especially at this crucial period of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”
“It is public knowledge that jobs of the future will be driven by technology and innovation. We must, therefore, be proactive in preparing a significant number of our population as represented by girls and women for these opportunities in order to be productive and to enable them to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the country.”
“The world is about to witness unprecedented changes in ways and manners we do things. Therefore, no segment of our population should be left behind in the new world order. The Girls in ICT Day provides an opportunity to reinforce our resolve and review our strategy to include sensitization and awareness creation among different stakeholders in this regard.” Inuwa added in conclusion.