Nigeria’s telecommunication giant, Globacom has urged Nigerian girls to pick up Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a profession.
Speaking at this year’s commemoration of International Girls in ICT Day by eBusinessLife Magazine, Mrs. Justina Abdulateef, Account Manager, Public Sector, Lagos Zone of Globacom said the ICT space requires a broad range of skills, noting that operators in the sector are continually looking for talented individuals with those skills to play various roles.
She said stereotypes and discrimination had deterred many girls from pursuing interests in Information and Communication Technology, adding that there was a need to break the stereotypes early in life in order to create meaningful access to ICT for girls and women.
She revealed that increasingly, more women across the world were proving their mettle in the male-dominated, technical professions, stating that examples were enormous of women who had distinguished themselves in engineering, medicine and other related professions.
She added; “You must, therefore, never let anyone limit your possibilities. If you set your mind to it, there is nothing you cannot achieve as a girl. I implore you to diligently prepare yourselves for studies in mathematics, engineering, computing and other such fields.”
“Studies have shown that there is a correlation between ICT and the economic growth of a country, meaning therefore that more and more emphasis will be placed on ICT by policy-makers in future with a view to ensuring that the sector flourishes.”
“The growth potential is therefore enormous for ICT professionals, and there are many areas you can decide to focus on. You could choose to be a software developer, a webmaster, web designer, animator or data analyst, among many others.”