The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Message of the Nigerian Communications Commission at THE INTERNATIONAL GIRLS IN ICT DAY 2018
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The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, represented by Abigail Sholanke, Director Research and Development at NCC, at the celebration of the International Girls in ICT Day 2018, started her opening remarks on an inspirational tone: “gender should never be seen as a limitation but as a strength and asset.”

The Director described women as endowed natural leaders, planners, administrators and, strategic thinkers mentioning names of great women who helped shaped the course of history. In Nigeria, she noted late Dora Akunyili and, Omobola Johnson as women who attended great heights in the telecoms sector, both were ministers overseeing the Communications industry at different times.

She re-emphasized that race and gender cannot be obstacles to greatness but great character such as ambition, hard work, tenacity and strive for excellence are what matters.

She noted that ICT is the driving force of the future and, therefore, the future of Nigeria’s development will in part depend on how early we educate girls to embrace ICT. She further noted that according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), ICT skills will lead girls into interesting and useful careers as technology is the new force in the global economy.

While presenting the certificates of participation to the Secondary School Students who were present at the event, Sholanke, advised the students to maximize their potentials and make use of opportunities at their disposals.

The Event was well attended by Primary and Secondary School Students and relevant stakeholders in the industry.