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IWD 2024: NITDA committed to women’s empowerment, bridging digital gender gap –DG Inuwa

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, in Group Photograph with the TECHWOMEN Team, Led by Ms. Binta Mustapha (2nd left)        Photo: NITDA

*Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, stresses the importance of women’s participation, and the agency’s partnerships with global tech giants, such as Google, Microsoft, Coursera, and others to build talent and enhance access to digital job opportunities in the ecosystem

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has restated its firm commitment to collaborating and empowering women to bridge the digital gender gap in Nigeria.

The Information Technology (IT) sector regulatory agency disclosed Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of NITDA, noted this during a recent meeting with a delegation from TECHWOMEN, led by Ms. Binta Mustapha, at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters, in Abuja, FCT.

Inuwa noted the role of promoting digital inclusion among women from diverse backgrounds in national development, and said empowering women aligns with one of NITDA’s core pillars “Fostering Digital Literacy and Cultivating Talent” as outlined in the Agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2.0.

According to him, the agency recognises the increasing global demand for a workforce proficient in both basic digital literacy and advanced technological skills.

Inuwa also highlighted the ongoing efforts at developing a National Digital Gender Inclusion Strategy aimed at addressing the historical dominance of men in previously launched initiatives.

The Director-General of NITDA further acknowledged the need for a minimum of 40 percent women representation across all the agency’s initiatives to create a conducive environment for women to thrive in the technology sector in Nigeria.

He shared NITDA’s commitment to supporting women, citing collaborative efforts with the World Bank to provide digital literacy training for women.

The NITDA CEO equally mentioned initiatives, such as the 3 million Technical Talent programme.

He stressed the importance of women’s participation, and the agency’s partnerships with global tech giants, such as Google, Microsoft, Coursera, and others to build talent and enhance access to digital job opportunities.

“The idea is to build talent and get access to jobs. We are working with different partners both local and international on how this can be propagated and even incorporate it in our mentor curriculum,” stated he.

Inclusive objectives of digital initiatives, by DG

Inuwa also emphasised the broader goal of these initiatives – building talent and facilitating job access.

The Director-General as well disclosed the ongoing partnerships with both local and international organisations to propagate such efforts and integrate them into mentorship curricula in the country.

Earlier in her remarks, Ms. Binta Mustapha had stated that her organisation mentors women in various fields to provide them with the knowledge and ideas they need to make positive contributions to the growth of Nigeria.

Ms. Mustapha stated: “The opportunities given to women has aid in bridging the gender gap, providing them with the platform to showcase their talents and innovative ideas towards solution findings bringing about ideas and knowledge sharing.

“More women participation is needed in the tech world so as to contribute their own quota to the growth of the nation through job creations and attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).”

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