From. Adanna Nnamani, Abuja

To address the digital gender gap and empower girls in technology, Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice President of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has advocated for women to be included in ICT.

Speaking at the inaugural Nigerian Girls Can Code Competition Awards Ceremony yesterday in Abuja, Danbatta noted that gender inequalities are still pervasive in all societies, adding that women lack access to decent employment opportunities, grapple with occupational segregation and experience gender pay gaps.

Danbatta, who was represented by the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services Communications Commission, Eng. Ubale Maska noted that empowering women and girls will drive prosperous economies, stimulate productivity and growth.

He said: “Every year, young people around the world use different types of tools to show their willingness to ICT. We believe that critical social problems can be solved using technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and data analytics. The application of these emerging technologies in agriculture has the potential to increase both the operational efficiency of farmers and the yield of the land. There is also a greater possibility of targeted application of agricultural inputs and resources, which reduces costs and increases yields. It will provide the competitive advantage farmers need in terms of accurate decision making, improved productivity and efficiency.”

According to Danbatta, the continued rollout of 5G network in Nigeria will create unlimited opportunities for girls in ICT.

In his own speech, Executive Commissioner, Communications Technical Services, Eng. Ubale Maska said that the competition was mainly set up to empower Nigerian women and spark their interest in ICT as a career by advising them in creating codes and applications. .

He noted that the contest sought to address the issue of digital inequality, promote equity and reduce the digital gap between men and women in ICT.