The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu today changed the course of history and the destinies of 100 female students picked from 25 public secondary schools around Akure, the Ondo State Capital in her first of a kind four weeks Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Training programme which was packaged to widen the understanding of young girls in digital world.

The event which had in attendance top government functionaries took place at the State Public Service Training Institute (PSTI), Ilara, Mokin.

Speaking at the epoch making event, Mrs. Akeredolu affirmed that the goal of the event is to impact the lives of the girls with the knowledge of ICT in the hope that it encourages them to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and math field.

“The gap as we see it in Nigeria is a gully and we are determined to bridge it. Impacting the girls in Ondo State with the knowledge of ICT carries all importance and priority in this digital age; it will broaden the horizon of these young women and place them strategically in the world. Women’s empowerment in the information and communication technologies is a key factor in determining the success of development of any nation”

“This is an innovative programme and we should be able to monitor these children and assess the impact. By fostering the use of ICT for the social and economic empowerment of our young women, we will be encouraging them to choose careers in the field of ICT”, she stressed.

In his welcome address, Mr Temitope Runsewe, consultant with SAO Capital, the company partnering with the office of Her Excellency, acknowledge the importance of ICT towards achieving sustainable development, further observed that when a woman is empowered, both the present and future generation are empowered.

“Technology is revolutionising almost every part of our lives at unprecedented pace. The opportunity to support the growth of these individuals through technology is the onus we have placed on ourselves. This initiative to empower these young girls is a tool for achieving sustainable development. These 100 female students were drawn from 25 secondary schools from JS1 to SS 2 and would be trained for four weeks on computer appreciation, graphics, games designs, entrepreneurship among others”, he added.

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Affairs, Mrs. Titilayo Adeyemi in her goodwill message thanked Mrs. Akeredolu for the initiative while charging the beneficiaries to take advantage of the training and be change agents in their different communities.

This landmark event came at no cost to the participants, as their upkeep, tuition and other expenses have been covered by the First Lady in partnership with BEMORE Empowered Foundation and SAO Capitals, as well as some corporate organisations.