Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja
National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), has concluded its five-day training programme on digital marketing, web development and social media, for some selected youths in Abuja.
Sunday Sun was informed that the training was an opportunity to expose the trainees to relevance and potentials of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in 21st century world.
NCWD Director General, Mary Ekpere-Eta, who spoke at the closing ceremony of training in Abuja, said that ICT has proven to be key to sustainable development, hence the need for regular training and retraining.
She said: “In today’s world, you cannot do a successful business without being ICT compliance. You need ICT in virtually everything you do. For you to have a successful business transaction you need ICT. The world is becoming a global village, you don’t need a shop to set up a business, with ICT you can operate from your home.”
She added that NCWD has so far, trained 350 youths on different areas including ICT. “We gave them start-up kits and followed them up through our officials.
“We visit three times a year to ensure they are making use of what they have learnt and other knowledge acquired from subsequent trainings,” she said.
The NCWD boss however denied the accusation of being bias in their empowerment opportunities.
She said: “We received lots of petitions accusing of giving more opportunity to women. That’s not correct. We give equal opportunity to both gender except in some cases.
“Hundred people participated in the ICT  training. This year alone, we have trained about 350 persons in ICT and other areas that would provide skilled manpower for the economy.”
Managing Director AKG Global congratulated the participants for successful conclusion of the training. She called on the Federal Government to assist in the provision of working instruments like laptops for them.