Samson Osuo, Lafia.
Management of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has trained 100 women in the North Central Zone on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to enable them be self reliance.
The training which took place on Wednesday, in the premises of the Nasarawa state Polytechnic, Lafia, had selected women from the States in the North Central geopolitical zone of the Country, including Abuja as participants.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi said the training was aimed at equipping the women with the ICT skills in line with the Federal Government digital economic policy.
The Director General explained that the training was designed by the agency to support the economic recovery and growth plan of the federal government towards bringing 100 million Nigerians out of poverty level, adding that the initiative will help to equip people especially women with ICT skills, which is key to modern trend of development in this twenty first century.
According to him, the training was also aimed at achieving the mandate of the agency which includes; boosting digital literacy, job creation, promoting digital inclusion to address gender imbalance in terms of economic opportunities among others.
He called on the trainees to make proper use of the knowledge gained from the workshop and impart same to at least three women in their various communities.
In his remarks, the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule who commended NITDA for chosen Nasarawa as the center for the training programme, said his administration will continue to promote the use of ICT because it has the capacity to enhance transparency and efficiency.
According to him, it is due to the importance attached to education and ICT that 30 percent of the state 2020 budget was allocated to it.
He advised the participants to make judicious use of the tools given to them to better their conditions of living.
Earlier, the Nasarawa state Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Halima Ahmadu who stated that the women Constitute a large number of the Country population, want government to invest seriously in the empowerment of women.