The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its unwavering commitment to bridging growing gender-oriented digital divide to accelerate inclusive economic prosperity for all Nigerian citizens.
Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta disclosed that the promotion of gender equality is a major component of ICT development stating that the gender dimensions of ICT, manifests in access and use; capacity-building opportunities; employment and potential for empowerment, and that all these dimensions need to be explicitly identified and addressed, to leverage on technology and communication as powerful catalysts for political, economic, and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality.
Speaking on the theme, “Reskilling Women and Girls to Thrive in the Digital Economy”, at the 2022 Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs and Executives in Tech Summit (WEETS),he said the theme resonates deeply with the drive by the Federal Government to ensure an all-inclusive digital economy that drives the strategic vision plan of the Commission.
Danbatta who was represented by NCC’s Head, Digital Media Management, Nafisa Usman Rugga, said that one of the ways through which the Commission strives to achieve an inclusive growth, is through increased digital connectivity to all, regardless of gender and other accidental circumstances, and that the Commission has continued to play a front-seat role in driving the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), 2020-2030.
“The NCC has put in the front burner the need to expose girls and young women to more opportunities in the digital ecosystem, in line with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) resolution 70, which advocates gender mainstreaming and promotion of gender equality, as well as the empowerment of women through information and communications technology (ICT), and we are fully committed to this”, Danbatta said.
Danbatta was conferred with the ‘Icon of Digital Revolution Award’ for his role in stimulating digital connectivity in Nigeria.