50 northern women journalists get laptops after receiving training from NITDA in Jigawa
The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA has organised a two-day workshop for fifty women journalists on Digital Journalism in Jigawa state on Monday and Tuesday.
NITDA also distributed fifty laptop sets to each of the participating women, drawn from the seven states of northwestern region after the two-day training, held on Monday and Tuesday in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa state.
A statement on Tuesday, jointly signed by the chairperson, National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Jigawa state chapter, Hauwa Ladan and secretary, Zainab Baba said the training was to motivate the participants the trend of digital technology in their profession.
The statement said, while declaring the training open, the Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, said the purpose of the training is to create awareness on the potentialities of ICT in journalism and transforminh the profession, especially among women journalists.
Represented by an official of the agency, Bashir Ibrahim said the workshop was also to make the participants “more effective and efficient for them to compete with other prominent global media gladiators.”
“Mr Bashir added that NITDA, being responsible for regulation and promotion of ICT practice in Nigeria, has taken interest to fully sponsor the program in order to equip the participants with skills and tools required to counter the hazard associated with cyber attacks through identifying types of online threats and deploying ways to mitigate them.
“He congratulated the participants and hoped that the skills acquired during the workshop will be optimally utilized and ensure that the participants will be good ambassadors to the agency, he then declared the workshop open,” the statement quoted Mr Inuwa as saying.
He said the decision to select Jigawa as the venue for the training “is, considering the serenity and passion it has for hosting information communications and technology (ICT) programmes aimed at empowering citizens with the right modern skills and knowledge to global digital trends.”
The statement said in her opening remarks, the Chairperson of NAWOJ in Jigawa, Mrs Baba appreciated the effort of the DG of NITDA to empower millions of aspiring young people through digital skills, noting that, that had created more jobs and lifted people out of poverty.
She disclosed that in Jigawa alone, NITDA had trained 1500 students and teachers of English and Mathematics on ICT and provided more ICT buildings in the state.
She said, “i must commend the exemplary gestures of the Minister of Communication and digital economy Dr Isa Ali pantami and our digital transformation ceaser Mal Kashif Inuwa Abdullahi for imparting the teeming youth across Nigeria and Jigawa in Particular,”