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Women, girls advised to take up careers in ICT

The Managing Director, Edo State Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA), Mrs. Olayemi Keri, Tuesday in Lagos, advised young women and girls to make Information and Communications Technology part of their career since technology is the major enabler that will drive their career choices, ITRealms reports.

Keri, who was the Chairman of the occasion to mark the International Girls in ICT Day with the theme ‘Girls, Women and Innovation’ which was organised by e-Business Life Communication Limited, publishers of e-Business Life Magazine, emphasized that apart from the fact that there are enough jobs and sources of income in the industry, girls in ICT is meant to further push the campaign to bridge the gender gap in Information and Communications Technology all over the world, stating that in today’s world information dissemination is made possible through ICT. 

On her part, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of e-Business Life Magazine and convener of the occasion, Ufuoma Emuophedaro, in her welcome address, stated that the event was designed specifically to sensitize young girls in particular and women in general to take up careers in ICT as the industry has limitless opportunities, adding that the emphasis is not just on social media but also deploying such facility to find a beneficial career in ICT which is aimed at shaping their future positively.

ITRealms also reports that Mrs. Lynda St. Nwafor, Chief Technical Officer, MTN Nigeria, speaking during the occasion, offered words of encouragement to young women and girls to take up jobs in ICT saying that professionally there is no difference between men and women, adding that pregnancy is not a disease. She also reiterated the role of women in human resources through child-bearing and as such pregnancy through marriage should not dissuade women from taking up challenging careers especially in ICT.

Girls in ICT Day was established in 2010 by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), as a special programme designed to encourage girls and young women to take up careers in the information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. It is also designed to consciously discuss and analyze some gender-based hindrances towards bridging the gender gap in Information and Communications Technology sub sector of the economy.

Cyriacus Nnaji/ ED,OPs 

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