The finalists at the just concluded ICT/Cybercrime Competition for Secondary School Girls, organized by Nigerian Women in Information Technology (NWIIT) have been rewarded with laptops by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in fulfillment of a promise made to the organization last year.

The laptops which were given to the National President of NWIIT, Florence Babalola, by Tony Ojobo, Director Public Affairs NCC, who made the presentation on behalf of the EVC.

During the presentation, Ojobo told the NWIIT delegation which included Ramatu Bello, Secretary to NWIIT Publicity Committee that the industry regulator was contented by the undertakings of NWIIT, urging the organization to partner with relevant stakeholders to provide opportunities for capacity building for the Girl Child in ICT.

“The role ICT has come to play in the society, particularly in Nigeria where the stamp of telecom in the growth of all sectors of the economy is so striking, demands that we all collaborate and invest massively in the ICT sector.”

He recollected that the NCC has made great intermediations in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to educational systems in Nigeria in the form of infrastructural connectivity developments in many tertiary institutions, including University teaching hospitals; Digital Awareness Program for primary and secondary schools; the Advanced Digital Appreciation Program for Tertiary Institutions, as well as the Wireless Cloud.

He said this also include the Virtual Examination Centres offered to examination administrative agencies for Computer-based testing. “All of which involve building projects, provisions of computers and other infrastructure to the beneficiaries.”

Receiving the laptops, Babalola expressed happiness eulogizing the NCC for the support and said NWIIT possess the skills, knowledge and passion to encourage women in this regard, saying that there is advocacy in a high tempo considering the fact that training the Girl Child and women in ICT is similar to training the society.