Digital Transformation Leader, Globacom, has assured future female ICT professionals of near unlimited lucrative careers as the sector has limitless opportunities.
To that end, the giant telecommunications company charged school girls across the country to show considerable interest in science subjects as such would enable them to play prominent roles in the technology world in the future.
Globacom gave the advice on Thursday at the 2019 edition of the International Girls in ICT Day, organised by EBUSINESSLIFE at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.
Globacom was represented at the event by Mrs. Justina Abdulateef, Account Manager, Public Sector, Globacom, Lagos Zone, who remarked that the ICT space required a broad range of skills, as the operators in the sector are continually looking for talented individuals with those skills to play various roles.
Abdulateef noted that typecast and discrimination had deterred many girls from pursuing interests in Information and Communication Technology, and recommended an early break of the stereotypes in the orientations of school girls. This, she said, would go a long way in creating meaningful access to ICT for girls and women.
More women across the globe, she added, interestingly, were proving their mettle in the male-dominated, technical professions, stating that there were numerous examples of women who had distinguished themselves in engineering, medicine and other related professions.
“You must, therefore, never let anyone limit your possibilities. If you set your mind to it, there is nothing you cannot achieve as a girl,” Abdulateef charged the gathering of hundreds of school girls from 15 prominent schools in Lagos. She implored them to diligently prepare themselves for studies in mathematics, engineering, computing and other such fields.
According to her, numerous studies had demonstrated that there was a correlation between ICT and the economic prosperity of a country, meaning therefore that more and more emphasis would be placed on ICT by policy-makers in future with a view to ensuring that the sector flourishes.
“The growth potential is therefore enormous for ICT professionals, and there are many areas you can decide to focus on. You could choose to be a software developer, a webmaster, web designer, animator or data analyst, among many others,” Abdulateef advised.
In her opening remarks at the event, Mrs. Ufuoma Daro, the Chief Executive Officer of EBUSINESS LIFE, the organisers of the event, thanked Globacom for supporting the initiative this year again, recalling that the company was also one of the prime companies that made it possible for the event to hold last year.
She pleaded with other corporate bodies to support initiatives aimed at empowering the womenfolk in the overall interest of the country.
The ceremony drew participation from leading lights in the ICT industry, including representatives of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), leading ICT companies and policy-makers.