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NITDA laments low participation of women in tech


The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa, has expressed concern about women entrepreneurs’ low participation level in technology innovation and development. 

He has pledged to make every effort to mainstream women tech entrepreneurs into the nation’s digital innovation and technology development efforts.

Inuwa made these remarks at the Female Tech Founders Training program opening at the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Abuja. He was represented at the event by the acting Director of Digital Literacy and Capacity Development at NITDA, Amina Magaji.

Magaji said that the overwhelming response to the Female Founders Training program, with over 7,000 women tech founders registering to participate within two weeks, highlights the untapped potential and enthusiasm that exists among Nigerian women in the field of technology.

I am delighted to stand before you today as we embark on a transformative journey. In just two weeks, our call for the Female Founders Training resonated across our great nation, yielding an extraordinary response with a staggering 7,151 applications pouring in from all 36 states.

“This overwhelming interest underscores the untapped potential and enthusiasm that exists among our women in the field of technology,” she said.

She explained that the program is designed to advance women in technology and create platforms for them to network and pool resources together to improve their businesses. 

The program will also focus on how wealth and employment opportunities can be created in the technology industry with the full participation of women technology entrepreneurs.

Magaji further stated that the program aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, which emphasizes investment in the digital economy to empower Nigerians with new skills and sustain jobs, and the drive for women empowerment to champion equity and parity across every facet of Nigerian life.

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