NGO establishes ICT centres in FCT to promote digital inclusion

4

NGO establishes ICT centres in FCT to promote digital inclusion

 

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) on Wednesday said that it was collaborating with ActionAid Nigeria to establish ICT centres in the FCT to promote digital inclusion.

The Programme Officer of CITAD, Mr Ahmad Danyaro, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Danyaro said that the centre was doing a lot to see that women and youths in rural areas had access to internet as part of its agenda to
promote digital inclusion.

He said that the centre was also positioning young people and women to leverage on technology for empowerment and sustainable
development.

He added that “presently, CITAD with support from ActionAid Nigeria has set up five ICT centres in rural communities in FCT
and each of the centres is serving three communities.

“The communities where these centres are set up and two other neighbouring communities can access the facility, and for each
community, we have 15 participants, consisting 10 women and five men.

“And what we intend to do is to use the knowledge and skills of ICT for them to empower themselves and access other opportunities
like jobs, schooling and scholarships.”

The officer said that the proramme, tagged “Digitalisation for Equitable Society in FCT Communities”,  has some components.

He listed the components to include digital skills programme where participants are taught how to use the basic ICT skills like
Microsoft, PowerPoint and Excel.

“The second component is the digital entrepreneurship skills where we teach participants one or two skills which they can use to
earn a living.

“ In the digital skills component, there is videography and graphic design so you can use the one you like.

“The third component is business skills, where we take our participants through how to sustain and manage businesses.”

He said that the fourth component was also a business clinic, “where we invite government agencies like Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA), Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology
to speak to participants on available opportunities and how to register their businesses, get mentorship and access loans.

The officer noted that the fifth component was mentorship, where participants were assigned to successful people outside their
community for mentorship.

“The final component is registration and it is not enough to train them and leave them so we guide them through registration and
assessment of loans,” he added.