Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Wife of Ondo State Governor, on Thursday charged young girls to embrace digital and technology skills for the betterment of the society and to improve their standard of living.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu made the call at an International Women’s Day (IWD) programme with the theme, “DigitalAll: Innovation And Technology For Gender Equality”.
The programme was the finale of the IWD celebration organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in collaboration with the office of the Wife of the Governor in Akure.
According to her, it is time for young girls to embrace technology skills like their male counterparts in the society.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu said it had become imparetive for young girls to go digital for them to succeed in life.
“I believe that nobody should be left out in digital era because the world has gone digital. Whatever we are doing today should be digital in nature.
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“That is why I gave out over 400 new laptops to young girls in the state through ‘Bemore’ programme which we started in 2019.
“Another 400 new laptops is in the pipeline to give out to our girls in the state this year, for them to compete with their counterparts in the world.
“The gesture is to make life of our young women to be more meaningful in the society. So, I will continue to support our girls and women because it brings joy to my life,” she said.
Dr Julianah Osadahun, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, said that the theme of the programme was born out of many gender-challenging issues facing women in the society.
According to her, a survey has reported that 90 per cent of the world’s lucrative jobs and enterprises are done digitally today.
“It leaves no one behind, women should be involved in good management, modern practises at the households and communities, and leverage or support pro-environmental behaviours,” she said.