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WOMEN ICT SUMMIT (WITS). Dr. (Mrs .) Wunmi Hassan, PhD President/CEO High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths ( Non-Governmental Organisation). At Global Distant Learning Institute Opposite Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja. 2 nd - 4 th September, 2014 reachaoh@yahoo.co.uk.

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women ict summit wits


Dr. (Mrs.) Wunmi Hassan, PhD


High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths

(Non-Governmental Organisation)

At Global Distant Learning Institute

Opposite Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja.

2nd - 4th September, 2014


  • Preamble
  • Brief on High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths –NGO
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
  • ICT and the Global Community
  • Overview of the Applications of ICT
  • The role of ICTs in the Development of Rural Communities
  • Concluding Remarks
our nigeria at a glance
Our Nigeria at a Glance
  • Nigeria
  • Population Total 160,000,000(2009 est.)
  • Land area: 923,768 sq Km (356,669 sq Mi)
  • GDP per capita $2,199
  • Pop. Density 82.2 per/km
  • Pop. Growth Rate: 4.8%
  • Literacy Rate 69%
  • Rural Pop. 68%
  • Urban Pop. 32%
  • Life expectancy: 47
  • Monetary unit: Naira
  • Language: English
  • Ethnicity/race: heterogeneous
  • Religion

Christian 45%

Muslims 45%

Others 10%

  • E-readiness Ranking
  • 2007 – 3.92
  • 2008 – 4.25
  • 2009 – 3.89
  • The driving force tool for most developmental agenda such as the MDGs, NEPAD, and Vision at all levels is Information and Communications Technology ICT.
  • ICT is an Empowering Technology
  • If rightly deployed, it leads to productivity, improvements and prosperity of Individual , Organizational, Society at National and Global levels.
about us
About Us
  • The High Tech Women Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) established and incorporated under Act 1, 1990 Part C of the Corporate Affairs Commission,
    • to train, empower and build capacity in women and youths in Information Communications Technology (ICT) across Nigeria.
    • This marks her 10th years of leading the vanguard for empowering Nigerian Women and Youths (including Children) in ICTs.

Brief on High-Tech Centre for Women and Youths

  • Vision: To see Nigerian women and youths become ICT literate for National development
  • Mission: To become a leading capacity building Centre in Information Technology for the development of women and youths in Nigeria.

Brief on High-Tech Centre for Women and Youths

Aims and Objectives

 1. To provide computer education and Information Technology literacy for Nigerian women and youths at all levels.

 2. To create avenues to educate Nigeria women and youths in ICT by organising seminars, workshops, summits, IT camps and conferences. 

3. To encourage networking and cooperation for Nigeria women and youths development in Information Technology with other national and international organisations (private and public), non-governmental organisations and voluntary agencies with similar objectives and initiatives.

 4. To facilitate the establishment of IT centres and ICT Clubs in schools, work places and communities where women and youths can have access to information communications technology.

5. To serve as repository of information to women and especially girls on ICT for empowerment in economic and educational development.

our activities
Our Activities
  • Achieving our objectives, we have the following activities: We organise several Computer and ICT trainings for women and youths on a yearly basis which includes:
  • Children ICT Summit tagged e-Innovate Nigeria – February / March, 2014
  • Ladies IT SUMMIT (LITS) for female students in Tertiary Institutions – April, 2014
  • ICT Summer Academy Camp (ISAC) for Youths – July, 2014
  • Women’s ICT SUMMIT (WITS) for all women from 18 years and above – September, 2014
  • Workshop for Wives of local government chairmen, House of Assembly members at states and local government areas in Nigeria – Every Quarter of the Year
  • ICT Exchange Programmes for Youths and Women in West Africa (ISAC Abroad) – July Yearly
  • Women’s ICT Development in Africa Project (WIDAP)- November Yearly

Other Commitments

  • Conduct Policy Research on topical issues relating to women, girls and youths in ICTs – Regularly (all year round
  • Facilitate a Facebook page and active website for women and youth to share knowledge and information from time to time

Brief on High-Tech Centre for Women and Youths

  • To achieve our aims, we organize workshops, trainings and seminars for the various target groups all through the year so as to develop IT capabilities that Nigeria needs in Women.
  • A national workshop / conference is organized for women in Nigeria by the NGO in August yearly, and it is expected to start for the younger girls soon.
  • As a non-governmental organization, not-for-profit, we depend solely on donations (gotten locally for now), charged fees and private individuals contribution for our various activities.
ict defined
ICT Defined

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is technology that supports activities involving the creation, storage, manipulation and communication of information, together with the related methods, management and application.

It enables us to record, store, process, retrieve, and transmit information.

It encompasses modern technologies such as computers, telecommunications, facsimile and microelectronics.

It also refers to technologies that provide access to information through telecommunications.

  • This includes the
    • Internet,
    • wireless networks,
    • cell phones,
    • Television,
    • Radios, and
    • other communication mediums.
  • They are technologies that determine the efficiency and effectiveness with which we communicate and the devices that allow us to handle information.

ICT Penetration Statistics

  • Computers
  • - PC first used in Nigeria in 1963 for analysis of the 1962/63 national census data (Source: UN University, Tokyo)
  • 47 years later, PC penetration still relatively low at about 10 million nodes or 7 per 100 inhabitants
  • Internet
  • From 200,000 as at year 2000, Nigeria now has largest online population in Africa with 24 million users
  • But penetration remains relatively low at 16.1%
  • However, rapid progress is being made in internet usage



ICT Statistics


Nigeria has done better here than in any other ICT area

Rated as one of

the world’s

fastest growing

telecoms market

Largest telecoms

sector in Africa


Source: NCC; * as at February 2010


ICT Statistics


Source: NCC

ict advantages
ICT Advantages

Enable changes in the way people live, work, interact and acquire knowledge

Communication in real-time with others in different countries using technologies such as instant messaging, and video-conferencing

Social networking websites like Face book allow users to remain in contact and communicate on a regular basis.

The acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics

People use communication sources to articulate their grievances on local problems.

application of icts
Application of ICTs
  • ICT powers our access to information,
  • Enables new forms of communication,
  • On-line services in the spheres:
    • Tele-medicine;
    • E-commerce;
    • Culture;
    • Entertainment; and
    • Education
  • Community Development
the rural communities
The Rural Communities
  • There are several development issues facing the rural poor.
    • Poverty alleviation ;
    • Social and physical infrastructure;
    • Social barriers ;
    • Capacities of people through education
    • Access to good quality education;
    • Below subsistence levels , etc.
    • Solution lies in awareness, empowering people and providing opportunities for development
    • All these need appropriate communication support.
community development
Community Development
  • A community is a group of interacting people living in some closeness, they share common value, have some degree of cohesiveness.
  • ICT will attract community development
    • When the people appreciate information;
    • Actively participate in decision making process ;
    • Form networks with everyone as a potential stakeholders
    • Pool the collective intelligence of the people
    • Create opportunities for free and
    • Provide unrestricted input for better decisions that will help move the community forward
utilizing ict for community development
Utilizing ICT for Community Development
  • The first area of ICT utilization is through social media explored for community development in the use of blogs and blogging
    • which involves the posting of commentary or news on a particular subject.
    • Users can view the content passively or if allowed, can react to posts and contribute content).
    • It also allows users to share ideas and user-generated content (including images and video) while building connections and associations, both personal and professional.
    • Examples include the sites Blogger (blogger.com), Word press (wordpress.org), and Twitter (twitter.com)
  • The use of Internet can assist practitioners in community development
  • The use of internet for community development can empower those who have the skills and abilities to use these ICT innovative technologies (Social media and internet)
  • It helps to break away from the traditional command and control models of management.
ict initiatives in nigeria
ICT Initiatives in Nigeria

CANiComputer for All Nigerians Initiative : Its PPPP, 2006 to make computers available to all Nigerians at a affordable price

SABiState Accelerated Broadband Initiative : It’s a private sector building and running broadband infrastructure with government support. Provision of wireless broadband services to stimulate increase in internet usage e-education, commerce ,governance

IXP Internet Exchange Point : local internet traffic stay within , to ensure faster and a more effective communication

Domain Name Administration in Nigeria

Unified Licensing Regime: To enable telecom operators provide many services

Adoption of Space Technology : 2 Satellites have been launched earth observation and communication satellites

Rural Telephony and Nigerian post – WSIS monitoring and Evaluation exercise

ict initiatives
ICT Initiatives
  • Galaxy Plc provide single national backbone over which all services ride to reduce the cost of communication. Harmonization of broadband, VSAT and wireless technology in the country
  • School Net Nigeria; Creation of Virtual libraries
  • USPF: It is a special fund as stated in the 2003 Telecommunication Act. The aim is to provide telecommunications and ICT services to underserved and deprived groups and communities in the Nigeria. 500schools spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country with complete set of Internet tools and facilities while other projects are also in the pipeline.
  • Wire Nigeria ( WiN);
  • BTRAIN project addressing the dearth and inadequacies of fiber optic backbone networks , transmission and infrastructure
  • NITDEF: The NITDA act as signed into law in 2007empowers a levy of 1% to be charged on the profit before tax of companies and enterprises with an annual turnover of N100 million and above. The businesses covered in the act for the levy are as follows:

ICT Opportunities

  • ICT provides needed tools in virtually all aspects of life:
  • Education:
  • free access to the best & biggest libraries in the world
  • vast, endless world of information at your fingertips
  • online academic programmes (diplomas; degrees, certifications, etc)
  • Health:
  • access to health information
  • access to effective diagnosis
  • access to actual treatment
  • Government Services;
  • Agriculture



ICT Opportunities Cont’d


keeps you in touch with diverse opportunities

links you up with people of all races & breaks all

distance and geographical boundaries

Job Creation/Employability:

expands your horizon & reach for employment

grants you ‘global citizenship’

Innovation/wealth creation:

endless opportunities to break new grounds & create wealth

youthful innovators & role models abound to keep the youth inspired



Action Plan: Role Players







Theme:“Women and National Security: Utilizing ICT for Community Policing and Self Actualisation”

About the Event and its Aims:

The Summit will expose women to security challenges in Nigeria and the need to actualize their potentials using ICT tools for development, while taking cognizance of their corporate roles in community policing for a safe society and family protection.


Sub- Themes

  • Nigeria’s security challenges: Issues and Options for women and families
  • Promoting involvement of women in community policing
  • ICT Applications to address national security and community policing techniques
  • Role of Media in Managing Security Challenges
  • ICT for wealth creation and women’s entrepreneurial development
  • Workshops – Mobile apps, social media (facebook, gmail account, blogs and website design)

Objectives of the Summit

  • To formally sensitize Nigeria women on the issues, challenges and concerns about security in the country;
  • To open the mind of women to ICT tools available for domestic and community policing purposes;
  • To encourage women to get involved in community policing for the security of their families and society;
  • To expose the participants to ICT options for making a living in a knowledge economy for sustainable development.




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