Nigeria’s First Lady, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, on Friday in Abuja, noted the importance of digital literacy and its role in enhancing economic independence amongst women.
She revealed this at the closing ceremony of the Renewed Hope Initiative RHI/NITDA Women Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Empowerment Programme for 35 women across the Federal Capital, Abuja.
The first lady, who presented the women with a grant of N100,000 and a new laptop each, at the Presidential banquet hall at the end of the programme said, “these skills are indispensable tools for driving growth and innovation.
“Also, the importance of digital literacy and its role in fostering economic independence cannot be overemphasized.
“In a world driven by technology, these skills empower women to take control of their lives, contribute to their communities and seize opportunities.
“As we celebrate the successful conclusion of this programme, I extend my congratulations to all participants. You have exhibited resilience, determination and a hunger for knowledge that will undoubtedly set you on a path of success”.
The Director-General, NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi applauded the first lady for giving the beneficiaries the opportunity and access to learn, network, gain tools and financial support to start up.
He thanked the first lady for using her pet project to help women, children and the vulnerable Nigerians.
”The participants, your daughters who are graduating today, are taking home five major lessons.
“They are all equipped with digital literacy and ICT proficiency, empowered to safely and responsibly use digital platforms; they also master digital marketing to be able to use social media to sell their products and services.
“They are also enlightened on how to be part of the gig economy; they learnt skills on how to work remotely and earn money and how to use productivity tools.
“The first lady has agreed that NITDA collaborate with Renewed Hope Initiative to craft a national digital gender inclusion strategy in order for the women to benefit from digital economy as their male counterpart.’’
He also said that NITDA would further collaborate with RHI to sponsor more women to be digitally resilient.