The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its commitment to bridging the growing gender-oriented digital divide to accelerate inclusive economic prosperity for Nigerian citizens.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, restated the commitment in Lagos at the 2022 Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs and Executives in Tech Summit (WEETS).
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Danbatta, who was conferred with the ‘Icon of Digital Revolution Award’ for his role in stimulating digital connectivity in Nigeria, said the promotion of gender equality is a major component of ICT development.
He said the gender dimensions of ICT manifest in access and use, capacity-building opportunities, employment and potential for empowerment.
“All these dimensions need to be explicitly identified and addressed, to leverage technology and communication as powerful catalysts for political, economic, and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality.”
Speaking on the theme of the event, “Reskilling Women and Girls to Thrive in the Digital Economy”, Danbatta, who was represented by NCC’s Head, Digital Media Management, Nafisa Usman Rugga, said the theme resonated deeply with the drive by the federal government to ensure an all-inclusive digital economy that drives the strategic vision plan of the commission.