Bayero Charge Political Aspirant on Women Digital Inclusion and More
The Vice-president, Nigeria Internet Group(NIG), and President, Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development(CECAD), Dr Bayero Agabi has tasked the Deputy Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat to address the challenge of women exclusion and nonparticipation in the digital economy of Lagos.
Dr Bayero Agabi, an award-winning ICT broadcaster who has advocated for the digital economy for over 2 decades, gave the call at an ICT community forum put organised by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) in order to engage Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who is also a Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), on the IT policies of his candidature.
Dr Bayero who spoke in the midst of of the Vice President, Nigeria Computer Society, Mr Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, President Computer, and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), Mr Ahmed Ojikutu, and many other members of Nigeria Computer Society; stated that:
“the population of women in Lagos State should concern any serious government, and we should be thinking of how to unleash the great potentials in them in a digital world, for the socioeconomic transformation of the state”.
The two-time recipient of the United Nations Economic Council Award(UNECA), explained the practical economic benefits of creating policies that would allow women in Lagos to reach their highest potential.
“The population of women in all around the world, Lagos inclusive, is getting larger by the day. Therefore we must move from stereotypical mentality, and open up governance and leadership opportunities for women. It’s not just about women empowerment, it should be more of women in power”, the veteran journalist added.
Dr Agabi further called on the aspirant to think of making Lagos the tech and innovation capital of Africa, stating that Lagos has the potential and should set the example for Africa in this respect. He concluded that the children and youths should also be accorded priority in the future plans and development of the mega city.
In his response, Dr Obafemi Hamzat indicated that his administration is well in touch with the global drive for women digital inclusion, promising that he would open up opportunities for women in the running of the state, and rollout initiatives that would empower many women, if elected into office. He thanked Dr Bayero Agabi for his persistent advocacy for digital inclusiveness of Lagos, and indeed Nigeria in line with global trends.