The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced a specialised ICT training for Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs), as part of its mandate to develop and regulate Information Technology (IT) in Nigeria.
A statement on Tuesday by Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, Director General of NITDA, said the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari places a premium on investment in people and emphasises the need for social inclusion. As such, it is important that the digital inclusion efforts should include PLWDs.
He said NITDA has been organising an annual ICT training for PLWDs as a means of building their capacity to make them self-reliant.
“The training takes place in the different geopolitical zones of the country. This year’s edition is taking place in the North East. “Gombe State was selected as the venue of the event due to its proximity to all the States of the Zone.
“During a courtesy call, the Governor of Gombe State Dr Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, commended the efforts of the current management of NITDA for transforming a sleeping agency to a very active and productive one,” he said.
Pantami explained that over 350 participants applied for the training and participants were selected by a team of experts. These experts were drawn from the academia, civil society, representative associations of the PLWDs and the NITDA team.
According to him, “The participants were drawn from all the six states in the North East Zone. Each of the clusters for PLWDs was represented in the selection.
“The three clusters are the physically challenged, those with hearing impairment and those with visual Impairment. “During the training, the participants with be taught topics like computer essentials, online collaboration, digital literacy and entrepreneurship, amongst others.
“The curriculum will also include cluster-specific topics. Each of the participants will be provided with a specialised laptop with custommised software installed to meet the distinct training needs of the participants in each of the three clusters.