As parts of its continue efforts to empower youth especially women, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has granted post-training support worth 2,475,000 naira to 26 beneficiaries of the Digital Creativity and Innovation for Young Women (DICI-YOW) training.
The program which is aimed to promote digital innovation among women, was supported by the Lenovo Foundation.
Beneficiaries from Kano and Bauchi states were selected from over 380 applications, with 110 proposals chosen, and 27 excelling in their submissions.
Speaking during the event, engr. Y.Z Ya’u, the Centre’s Executive Director, represented by Ali Sabo, the Campaign and Communication Officer, announced that the training is aimed to empower young girls with digital skills, entrepreneurship knowledge, and gadget operation.
”Based on the category of their proposals, technological proposals received 150,000 naira, while other business areas received 75,000 naira to launch their businesses”
”This is the first batch of the beneficiaries, this is what we are rounding up today and other batches will commence”
He said, the center has planned to ensure monitoring of the beneficiaries progress in their businesses with the capital given to them.
Sabo urged beneficiaries to use the funds judiciously and become employers of labor.
In her contribution, Zainab Aminu, the Centre’s Technical Assistant, advised beneficiaries to use the funds creatively and innovatively, in line with the training’s essence of digital creativity and innovation.
Aisha Abdullahi Na’Yawo, speaking on behalf of the participants, revealed that they were trained in Basic Information Technology, Microsoft Excel, Graphic Designing, Digital Marketing, and other skills.
She commended CITAD for the training and empowerment funds and pledged to use the funds wisely, become employers of labor, and extend the knowledge and skills gained from the training to their communities.