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August 9, 2022
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NGO Calls On FG To Invest More In Technology

The Federal Government has been urged to commit more resources to digitization in solving social problems and attract investment in the development of technology in the country

The Founder, of a non-governmental organisation, Khalil Salisu Halilu Foundation, Mr. Khalil Suleiman made the call in Abuja during the  launch of program “EveryGirl “designed specifically for young women entrepreneurs between the ages of 15-19 with an interest in tech and tech-related fields, as well as innovative and sustainable ideas. 

According to Mr Suleiman, the “Everygirl” programme aimed to empower young girls by educating them on digital learning skills, tech-related courses, self-confidence, enablement,  and give them access to mentors and possibly  funding to scale their ideas.

He noted that there was a huge gap in channelling technology products that would solve social problems in Africa, stressing that Nigeria as a foremost tech-based country in Africa should encourage more of its citizens especially the youth to be innovative for faster growth of the country.

 “The Nigerian government is doing quite a lot but I believe it’s not just a government thing, individuals, businessmen, traditional rulers and the likes have to contribute their beats to this development. The key thing government should do is create enabling policies that will attract investment in technology development for people to be able to thrive.

“Government should support startups that are building technology products so that they can move faster and build more products,” he said.

Earlier, the Project Coordinator Farida Yahaya, said the project was specifically for girls to encourage them have more interest in technology, enlighten them to overcome low self esteem and make them know they can also achieve greater heights in any career they choose. 

One of the beneficiaries, Aisha Ahmad Tjani, said the training exposed her to the use of technology for business, adding that most businesses don’t value database which made it easier to manage information surrounding their businesses.


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