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The Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) has reaffirmed its dedication to the promotion and empowerment of younger girls and ladies in using Data and Communication Know-how (ICT) within the nation.

The Fee expressed this dedication throughout separate sensitization campaigns held at Authorities Women’ Science College (GSS), Kuje and Nobel Corridor Management Academy, Abuja on Tuesday, Might 25, 2021, because it joined the remainder of the world in marking the tenth anniversary of Women in ICT Day 2021.

The annual occasion is an initiative of the Worldwide Telecommunication Union (ITU), designed to lift international consciousness on empowering and inspiring younger girls and ladies to contemplate research and careers in Science, Know-how, Engineering and Arithmetic (STEM).

Apart the sensitization campaigns held in Abuja, the NCC held related occasions, in its zonal places of work, throughout the nation in furtherance of its dedication to advertise the empowerment of younger girls by ICT.

Addressing members on the Nobel Corridor Academy, Head, Web Governance, NCC, Tokunbo Oyeleye, mentioned the annual occasion is a sworn statement to the significance the Fee locations on the necessity to expose ladies and younger girls to extra alternatives in ICT in addition to deal with their cyber safety issues.

Conveying the felicitations of the Government Vice Chairman/CEO of the Fee, Professor, Umar Graba Danbatta, Oyeleye mentioned the theme of this yr’s version of the programme, “Related Women, Creating Brighter Futures’’ aptly underscores the rising significance of the necessity for an atmosphere that encourages younger girls to accumulate requisite digital expertise to realize their future aspirations.

“The Fee aligns with the ITU’s Decision 70, which advocates gender mainstreaming and promotion of gender equality, empowerment of ladies by Data and Communication Know-how (ICT).”

The Fee has persistently used the platform to encourage Nigerian ladies to enterprise into ICT careers. “Therefore, we sensitise college students in secondary colleges on how the NCC, because the telecom sector regulator, is making a safer house for women, by elevating consciousness on digital expertise, gender-based violence in addition to creating initiatives for the safety of kids and ladies’ rights on-line,” she mentioned.

She acknowledged additional that the annual occasion additionally resonates with the Baby On-line Safety (COP) drive of the Fee geared toward collectively creating measures for a safer on-line atmosphere for kids. The Fee by numerous types of assist and participation in actions that educate youngsters on methods to maintain protected on-line has been advancing the target to advertise and safeguard nationwide pursuits, security and safety.

In the identical vein, a Senior Supervisor at NCC, Yisa Elizabeth, who led the Fee’s workforce to GSS, Kuje, inspired younger ladies to benefit from the quite a few alternatives in ICT for his or her private and profession improvement.

Different areas the place the Fee carried out the sensitization embody Women’ Academy Senior Secondary College, Lagos Island and Women’ Senior Secondary Grammar College, Obalende Keffi, Lagos State; Mannequin Women’ Secondary College, Rumueme and Authorities Women’ Secondary College Rumuokwuta, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Kano Capital Secondary College (Women’ part), Matan Fada Highway, Nassarawa and Mairo Tijjani Women’ Science and Technical School, Kano State.

The members recommended the NCC for the frilly enlightenment programme, which they mentioned was very helpful because it has stimulated their curiosity and dispelled the damaging gender perceptions typically related to ICT.

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