General news

ICT: the Minister seeks the participation of women to promote gender equality



ICT: the Minister seeks the participation of women to promote gender equality

By Justina Auta

The Minister of Women’s Affairs, Pauline Tallen, on Thursday called for increased participation of girls and women in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to promote gender equality.

Tallen made the appeal by reaching out to students at Governmental Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Dutse, FCT, in commemoration of International Girls in ICT Day 2021.

According to her, the day is intended to promote exciting career opportunities for girls and young women in the world’s fastest growing economy and provide them with access to opportunities in ICT.

“We are committed to pushing for gender equality by ensuring that no one is left behind in the field of ICT, as it is a foundation for many empowering opportunities and lucrative jobs”, a- she declared.

While denouncing the under-representation of women in science and technology fields around the world, she said the ministry is promoting girls’ education, especially in science, technology , engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Having a career in STEM, however, will allow girls to solve problems and innovate and tackle some of the major challenges facing our nation,” she said.

The minister advised teacher parents and female role models to encourage children, especially girls, to engage in STEM education by rejecting the idea that science classes were difficult for women.

Dr Chinwe Anyachebelu, President Nigeria Women in Information Technology (NIWIIT), Abuja Chapter, renewed her commitment to enhance women’s participation in ICTs in line with global demands.

In addition, the President and CEO of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBG), Professor Mohammed Ajiya, has encouraged women, especially female students, to develop software and actively engage in the ICT world.

Ajiya said the institute, which was a training arm of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), will ensure that 60% of its trainees are women to encourage more girls’ participation in ICT.

Ms Wunmi Laolu-Akande, representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), underlined the essential role that ICTs play in helping their organization to achieve its mandates.

She said ICTs have helped the organization gather information on gender-based violence (GBV), adolescent sexual and reproductive health and other areas.

The school principal, Hajiya Fatima Mohammed, called on the government to continue supporting the school to improve access to quality education.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that some students gave a software presentation of a traffic system management approach using a robot to control traffic in congested FCT areas. (NOPE)


Short Link:


NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @

Eid-el-Fitr: PDP urges unity, patriotism to tackle national challenges NUPENG directs members to shut down services in Kaduna State Edo Assembly wants livestock farms registered JUSUN urges FG to deduct Judiciary funds from May FAAC Eid-el-Fitr: APC urges Nigerians to pray for country’s leaders, peace, unity WHO panel urges bold overhaul of pandemic prevention measures $540bn remittance flow reaches low-and-middle-income countries in 2020- WB Arsenal dent Chelsea’s Champions League push Kalu salutes Ekweremadu at 59 NECO: 115 inmates credit English, Maths in Enugu Infinix Releases Award Winning NOTE 10 Pro Series Powerful Performance. Iconic design Eid-el-fitr: Yahaya Bello calls for national integration Eid el-Fitr; Atiku wants Nigerians reflect on peace, unity Osinbajo graces Museveni’s inauguration in Kampala Managing mental health conditions among army officers Infant, two others die in gas explosion in Ogun Uzodimma dissolves cabinet, sacks 20 commissioners We don’t demand money from job seekers, NDLEA warns applicants VC assures of infrastructure development in UNICAL Basketball Africa League announces broadcast partners and fixture schedule ahead of inaugural season Eid-el-Fitri: Observe fire safety measures, Fire Service CG urges Nigerians Ourtv introduces sports channels for Extreme fighting, basketball Nizzolo wins the Giro d’Italia Maglia Ciclamino after biting his nails second in stage 5 YABATECH researchers win Ford Foundation’s $100,000 grant National grid: TCN confirms total system collapse Ugandan president, Museveni sworn in for new term Rugby’s global expansion increases in Africa Iraqi president urges end to Palestinian-Israeli tensions Masses critical stakeholders in my administration – Gov. Oyetola Eid-el-Fitr: Fire Service CG cautions Nigerians on fire safety measures Fears of ‘full-scale war’ between Israel, Palestinians as deaths rise Riot Games MENA breaks cultural barriers to unite gamers with the launch of Anta Al Batal, a new musical beat for VALORANT Eid-el-Fitr: Police deploys 4,144 personnel in Kano State The Qhubeka ASSOS team faces the Challenge Mallorca Coronavirus – Eritrea: Announcement from the Ministry of Health (May 11, 2021) Coronavirus – Daily update on the status of COVID-19 statistics in Zambia (May 11, 2021) Eid-el-Fitr: NSCDC deploys 700 personnel in C/River Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 case update (May 11, 2021) NEITI, EFCC, others set to enforce transparency in extractive industry FIFA and Qatar invite MAs to discuss human rights with international experts ahead of FIFA World Cup Pozzovivo tests his legs after Campenaerts’ breakaway in the 4th stage of the Giro d’Italia Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (May 11, 2021) Eid-el-Fitr: Gov. Bello urges Nigerians to keep faith with government The Significance And Lessons From Ramadan Coronavirus – Eswatini: COVID-19 daily update (May 11, 2021) Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 Statistics in South Africa (May 11, 2021) Netflix acquires Mekwunye’s film “One Lagos Night” Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (May 11, 2021) UK seeks tariff exemption on solar equipment The newest TECNO CAMON 17 Pro has raised the bar for selfie smartphones, allowing users to express themselves creatively in their own way