Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), a non-governmental organization has in Bauchi commenced the training of young women and girls in Digital livelihood to acquire information communication technology (ICT) knowledge.
CITAD Program Manager, Mrs. Maryam Haruna said at the orientation for the digital livelihood programme Monday in Jama’are LGA of the state that participants are being trained on ICT knowledge for business transactions.
She explained that with the World becoming a global village in the face of modern technology innovations, young women are expected to play a vital role in the quest for embracing digital innovations.
“Many women who have acquired skills in the initial phase of this programme have excelled in their businesses. Some of them are even giving the same training to other women and girls so that they can also succeed”, Maryam stated.
The objective of the training, she further explained, is to produce more young women in entrepreneurship in Northern Nigeria, as well as eradicate poverty in young women and girls.
The program officer added, “We also encourage the beneficiaries to register their businesses with Corporate Affairs Commission, a federal government agency responsible for the registration of business outfits”.
“For those who have no business can also form a business name so that they can start up a small scale enterprise to enable them become self-reliant, because of the opportunities for loans scheme that can reach them”.
Maryam outlined the skills in which young women and girls would be trained to include graphic Designs – where they would also learn posters, stickers, banners, invitation cards and so on, film and video editing, photography and info-graphic.
According to her, young women and girls need to be empowered, especially through the utilization of digital knowledge so that they can achieve self-reliance in different business areas such food production, decoration, photography, and film and video editing.
She then called on young women to make good use of the 3 weeks training and rise to the challenge of entrepreneurial development in order to attain the skills of digital livelihood, for them to become self-reliant and gainfully employed.
The Director of Planning in the Ministry of Budget & Economic Planning, Malam Sunusi Ibrahim had in a remark, urged the participants to have passion for the training because it’s really a stepping stone for them to prosper.
Responding on behalf of the participants, Miss Habiba Usman commended the efforts of CITAD for bringing ICT training to their doorsteps.
Participants therefore pledged to give maximum attention during the training, and to also use the training to become self-reliance and employers of others in not only the community, but the state at large.