By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.
National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) on Friday presented laptops and stipends to 100 female farmers trained on Information Communication Technology ICT to acquaint them with skills on modern agricultural practices.
These participants were drawn from the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Presenting the items at the end of the 5-day training in Abuja, the Director General, National Centre for Women Development, Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta said the device given to them will help the female farmers gather vital information and make informed decisions in their agricultural practice.
According to her, the women have been trained on ICT techniques that can be leveraged for business development, access to finance, marketing and networking strategies, personal security and so on.
She said participants were introduced to the global spatial database of land use, food prices, flooding in Nigeria and many other applications and resources online.
Mary Ekpere-Eta who stressed that the programme is a trainer one, urged participants to practice what they have learnt and also share knowledge with farmers in their various communities.
She assured that her office will continue to support women and youths who form more than 70% Nigerian’s population to harness the power of ICT so that they can benefit from the information revolution taking place across the country.
Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari commended the centre for their commitment to the development of women and girls.
Mrs Aisha who was represented by the Senior special assistant, (office of the first lady), Hajo sani urged that women be allowed to work hand in hand with their male counterpart.
She advised women to tap into the various government empowerment schemes and create jobs for themselves.
Also speaking, the Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen noted that Nigerian Women entrepreneur are the major contributors to economic growth and account for about 70% of MSMEs hence the need for their empowerment for improved economy for the country.
The Minister who was represented by her permanent secretary, Mrs Ifeoma Anyakwutaku said skills acquired and put into use will help cushion the effect of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that has affected business capital of women and their livelihoods.
The Director- General National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi who was represented by Vincent Olatunji pointed out that ICT is power in the global economy that can be deployed in all sector of the economy.
He enjoin participants to make use of the ICT for the study of climate change, food value chain and market in order to boost their productivity.
One of the participant, Irene Piental who spoke on behalf of other participants appreciated the National Centre for Women Development for the knowledge impacted on them.
She assured that with what they have learnt, they will also use it to train others.