THE MINISTER of
Communications Technology,
Dr. Omobola Johnson has
reiterated government’s
commitment to support Nigerian
girls with Information and
Communications Technology,
ICT, education.
Johnson, who made this known
at the Girls in ICT Day celebration
in Abuja on Thursday, said
Nigeria in recognition of the
potential of ICT for development,
had placed gender inclusion
and empowerment on the front
burner especially in the area of
ICT utilisation.
“In Nigeria, women and girls
makeup approximately 50 per
cent of Nigeria’s population and
it is the belief of government that
embracing ICTs will help Nigerian
women and girls actualise their
potentials and contribute to the
economic development of the
country.
“Removing the barriers that
stop women and girls from
embracing ICTs and getting more
women and girls to adopt and
appropriate ICTs for their own
benefit is a task that government
is committed to especially in the
light of damming global statistics
that place women behind in the
adoption and utilisation of ICTs.
Men dominate the field of ICTs
more than women, and this must
change,” Johnson said.
Citing a report on ICT and
gender balance, the Minister
said the Broadband Commission
Working Group on Broadband
and Gender in a report in 2013
entitled ‘Doubling Digital
Opportunities: Enhancing the
inclusion of women and girls
in the information society’,
lamented the pervasive gap in
access to ICTs globally.
The Ministry of
Communications Technology,
a key partner in the Federal
Government’s Growing Girls
and Women in Nigeria, GWIN,
initiative, under the leadership of
Johnson, is empowering women
and girls in Nigeria via ICTs
with three specific technology
initiatives aimed at enabling
women and girls to realise their
potentials. The initiatives are the
Smart Woman Nigeria project,
SHE APP, the 1000 Girls ICT
training program and the Digital
Girls Club program.
The minister also noted that the
ICT sector is the fastest growing
sector in the Nigeria economy.
She stated that the potentials
that are enshrined in technology
cannot be exhausted so quickly.


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