The Head of Local Right Programme (LRP) of the ActionAid International , Hajiya Suwaiba Yakubu Jibrin has restates her organization commitment to use Information and Communication Technology to ensure poverty eradication ,social justice ,digital inclusion and empowerment of excluded and disadvantaged communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Hajiya Suwaiba while speaking in Dakwa Community of Abuja Municipal Area Council at the formal commissioning of Computer Centres in five communities Abuja also revealed that the organization partnership with Centre of Information Technology for Development (CITAD ) under its project “Digital Skills Development for Youths in Rural Communities ” was aimed at ensuring digital inclusion for rural communities and reduce the risk being faced by dwellers of the communities in reach computer related services despite the importance of internet in registering for exams, checking results , job applications, social media marketing of products and services as well as academic usage .
She disclose that five computer centres will serve 15 communities in FCT ;Dakwa Centre in Abuja Municipal Area will also serve Jiwa and Gwalada communities,while Tunga Ashere Centre will serve Tunga Nasara and Gofidna communities, Gaube centre in Kuje area council will host the centre for Tukpechi and Kayashe, Leleyi Gwari of Kwalli area council will serve the neighboring communities Pai and Kilan Kwa ii and Pasepa Centre in Bwari area council will serve Guto and Kuchibuyi .Head of LRP further declared that each centres is equipped with items such as 7 branded HP Desktop Computers,1 Hp laserjet 2035 printer,1 scanner, 1, projector ,1 projector screen ,training board stand ,surge protector ,2 long tables ,7 metal chairs and 24 plastic chairs worth N2,922 million .
“Action Aid Nigeria is also taking the lead in showing the possibility of a lofty dream and art and practice of accountability and transparency practice in tune with its recently unveiled strategy Paper‘ Social Justice to End Poverty’ and implementation of these goals through sub-national mainstreaming, inter-agency coordination and institutional strengthening.
In his speech ,CITAD Programme Officer Abuja, Mallam Ahmad Muhammad Danyaro described that CITAD is a capacity building civil society organization whose activities covers research, advocacy, training and publicity in all areas of ICTs anchored on sustainable and balanced development while Action aid on the other hand is a social justice organization working to eradicate poverty through gender equality and redistribution of wealth and power.
“This partnership by the two organizations was meant to promote digital inclusion and positioning of young people and women to leverage technology for a just society”.Danyaro Said.
“Community members will also be trained on how to use social media campaigns and advocate for social inclusion and deployment of social infrastructure to the communities. Later this year we have plan to train over 200 women and youths in various communities skills such as film and video editing , graphic design ,photography ,web design ,computer repairs etc” the CITAD programme Officer added.
In their separate remarks Village Head of Dakwa ,Mallam Shuaibu Samu and Pastor Emmanuel Jatau commended Action Aid Nigeria International and Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) for the generous donation and enjoined beneficiaries to be steadfast in learning computer skills and use the social media campaigns to advocate for social inclusion and deployment of social infrastructure in the communities .