By Martha Agas
Jos, Aug. 29, 3019 Mrs Regina Lalong, the wife of Plateau governor, has empowered 300 girls from the three senatorial zones of the state on skills on Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Speaking at the closing ceremony to herald the training on Thursday in Jos, Lalong said the training was part of her foundation’s efforts at improving the lives of children, women, youths and other vulnerable groups in the society.
She said the training facilitated by the Computer Information System Company (CISCO) was premised on the need of the girls to be equipped with requisite skills for self-development and explore entrepreneurial opportunities.
“The pilot stage of the programme trained the participants on introduction to cyber security, computer based examination module and CISCO get connect.
“Digital skills, computer proficiency is required to keep abreast with the use of digital technology not only in social activities but in academics and business development,” she said.
Lalong urged individuals and corporate organisations to support her in improving the lives of the girl child especially in the rural areas through collaborations with her organisation, ”Support Women Initiative to Transform Children’ (SWITCH) in training more girls”.
Speaking earlier at the event, Mrs Hassana Ayika, the Permanent Secretary, Plateau Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, commended the governor’s wife for her laudable efforts at facilitating gender inclusion.
“I congratulate the first lady on her laudable programme against poverty through empowering these young girls in skills and education.
“Gender Based Violence (GBV), limits and relegates women in the society. This training will empower and expose these beneficiaries to get greater opportunities and help to address the anomaly,” she said.
In his remarks, Mr Jonathan Daniel, the facilitator of the programme from CISCO, said the programme would bridge the digital divide between the privileged and under privileged children in the society.
Daniel expressed worry that many girls did not get opportunities of international scholarships and employment opportunities because of the limitations of stereotype and cultural norms to their access to digital skills.
He urged other state governor’s wives and political leaders to bridge the wide gap of ICT skills between the males and females, through making deliberate efforts to empower more girls in their communities.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the girls were selected from public secondary schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Francisca Ebitari, one of the best participants of the two-week training programme from Plateau North senatorial district, said that she would be able to write computer based examinations such as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) with confidence and ease.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and Abdullahi Yusuf
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