A business outfit, eBusiness Life Communication Ltd., says it will partner with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to sensitise young girls on the imperatives of pursuing ICT-related careers.
Its Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Ufuoma Emuophedaro, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
Emuophedaro said that there was need to sensitise young girls premised on the fact that the society had unconsciously relegated the female gender.
The International Girls’ in ICT Day Celebration scheduled for April 22 in Lagos, is an initiative launched through the International Telecommunications Commission (ITU) Resolution.
It has idea of creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the ﬁeld.
Emuophedaro said that technical fields in ICT were delegated mostly to the male counterparts, adding that the support from NCC would further lend credence to the campaign.
She called on corporate bodies and the society at large to recommit themselves to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.
“We need to equip the girls with transferable and lifelong skills such as critical thinking, creativity and digital awareness.
“Having role models will also be critical, especially in the sciences and other fields where the presence of women is sparse,” she said.
Emuophedaro said that efforts should be made to introduce young girls to career opportunities in technical ﬁelds, in both the public and private sectors, to help them have a wide range of options and contribute their quotas in the industry.
She said that the pursuant of the International Girls’ in ICT Day celebration and subsequent campaign would further open up opportunities for girls in the ICT sector.
Emuophedaro said that supporting the global Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers.
“Girls and young women have the potential, not only to become ICT users, but also to become ICT creators.
“As part of this year’s edition of the event, students from select secondary schools will receive practical training on an aspect of ICT and compete on same on the D-Day.
“Also a roundtable discussion, interactive and motivational talk from renowned women and ICT professionals, will be part of the events lined up for the day,” Emuophedaro said.