NCC, SystemSpecs, Others Tackle Cyberbullying at Girl in ICT Day Event

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 17 – Key players in the Nigerian ICT sector, including SystemSpecs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), VDT Communication, Vodacom Business Nigeria and Access Bank have addressed the issue of Cyberbullying at the Girls-in-ICT Day 2019 event.

Girls-in-ICT Day is organised by e-Business Life in partnership with International Telecommunications Union. It is part of a global campaign to encourage young girls to delve into ICT as a profession and contribute their quota to the growth of the industry in Nigeria while also actualising self-development.

The event with the theme: “Expand Horizons Changing Attitudes: An ICT Skilled GirlForce”, took place in Lagos on May 16, 2019. It was well attended by Primary and Secondary School Students who were well informed about the Importance of ICT, Cyber Crimes and how to avoid Cyberbullying as well as, how to engage positively with social media platforms.

Admonishing young girls at the event from over 15 Secondary Schools, the representative of SystemSpecs, Quality Assurance Analyst, Jane Amaife said: “Don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams. We all have the same potential, irrespective of gender. There are several opportunities for you in ICT.”

According to the Chief Executive Officer of eBusiness Life Communication and convener of the event, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, the need to sensitise young girls is premised on the fact that the society has unconsciously relegated the female gender and delegated careers in technical fields, especially in ICT, to their male counterparts.

In the past seven years, eBusiness Life has been organising the event annually in Nigeria, gathering young girls from different schools, to educate and sensitize them on the opportunities inherent in professions in ICT, and providing a platform for organisations to synergise on complementary ways to further the cause. Also the girls had been made to go through hands-on training on various aspects of ICT and facility visits to ICT companies to get a first-hand experience of the intricacies of the ICT firms.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of eBusiness Life Communication and convener of the event, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, the need to sensitise young girls is premised on the fact that the society has unconsciously relegated the female gender and delegated careers in technical fields, especially in ICT, to their male counterparts.
She called on corporate bodies and the society at large to recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potentia

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