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Girls in ICT forum gets more industry backing

By EDITOR
22 April 2015   |   8:31 am
WITH the celebration of the International Girls in ICT Day, being organised by eBusiness Life Communication Limited, fast approaching, more private sector companies are signing up for this partnership to encourage young girls in Nigeria to be technologically focused.

Vodacom BusinessWITH the celebration of the International Girls in ICT Day, being organised by eBusiness Life Communication Limited, fast approaching, more private sector companies are signing up for this partnership to encourage young girls in Nigeria to be technologically focused.

Recently, Vodacom Business and MainOne Cable Company and FPG Technologies joined the train of partners to make the event a success. MTN Nigeria and Huawei Technologies had earlier indicated interest in partnering with eBusiness Life on the campaign.

According to MainOne Cable Company, partnering with eBusiness Life in this year’s event stems on the successes of previous partnerships between the two companies; and the testimonials of the impact of the event on young girls.

MainOne has been a partner in this campaign from the maiden edition in 2012. Also Vodacom Business, in a statement from the office noted that the campaign to groom young girls and empower them technologically for the future is in line with the company’s vision and Corporate Social Responsible (CSR).

It further stated that partnering with eBusiness Life has created an extended platform to realise this objective in Nigeria. The event, which is billed to take place at the Oriental Hotels in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 5, is part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) campaign to sensitize young girls and encourage them to take up Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a career.

While encouraging all its members to be part of the campaign, the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) commended the efforts of eBusiness Life in bringing this campaign to life in Nigeria.

In a letter signed by the ATCON’s Executive Secretary, Ajibola Olude, the Association stated: “Please accept the commendation and endorsement of our Association on this laudable initiative”.

International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative launched through ITU Resolution 70 with the idea of creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the field of information and communication technologies.

The ITU declared the 4th Thursday of April every year as a day of encouragement to girls and young women to consider careers in ICT, while other stakeholders are reminded to support them in their choice.

Supporting the global Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers. Girls and young women have the potential not only to become ICT users, but also to become ICT creators.