By Grace Obike
The Federal Government through the Maryam Babangida National Centre for Women Development (MBNCWD), has trained 138 women with disability, albinism and other women in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills.
The program was a 7-day ICT and Entrepreneurship Training for persons with Disability and ICT Training on Computer Hardware and Mobile Phone Repairs for Female Artisan.
Director General of the centre, Dr. Asabe Bashir, said the training was for 68 persons with disabilities consisting of the Blind, Deaf, Albinos and those on Crutches using various adaptive technologies and also for 70 female artisans on Computer and Mobile Phones Repairs.
The DG said this in Abuja where tools, certificates and computers were handed over to the trainees.
She said the aim of the program was to empower the female participants in ICT, so they can make progress and be able to actualize their desires in life through the use of technology.
She said: “For persons with disability, the theme of the training is apt and in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD), adopted by the UN General Assembly. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) now plays a major role in all aspects of our lives and has revolutionized the way we live, work and interact.
“It is pertinent to note that no nation can fully develop to its utmost potential, without investing in Education, Empowerment and Development of its citizenry, especially, women. I want to specifically thank President Bola Ahmed Tinugu (GCFR) for his inclusive initiative aimed at ensuring that no one is left out in the scheme of things and his desire to ensure that women take advantage of ICT so as to become active and productive.
“As a parastatal, we will continue to train and empower women and youths who form more than 70 per cent of the nation’s population on ICT, Vocational and Entrepreneurial Skill Development, so they can become self-reliant and can confidently contribute their quota to the development of the nation.”