ICT: Nigeria To Experience Dearth Of Qualified Specialist By 2029
By Pelumi Olaleye
Nigerian Communications Commission’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, predicted that within the next 10 years, over two million technology jobs would not be occupied due to dearth of qualified Information and Communication Technology, ICT specialists.
The EVC who was represented by Abigail Sholanke at this year’s commemoration of the International Girls in ICT Day by eBusinessLife magazine in a keynote address said,
“The ICT sector is marked by a pressing need for a wide range of ICT talents and skills. Companies are looking to attract and promote women, because achieving greater workforce diversity is good for business.”
He said, “According to the ITU statistics, It is estimated that within the next 10 years, there will be more than two million technology jobs that cannot be filled due to lack of qualified ICT specialists. To this end, it is imperative to observe the Girls In ICT day while also utilizing the platform as a medium to inspire young girls as well as educate them on the vital role of women in ICT.
“However, the lack of young women attracted to ICT studies is reflected in ICT companies and government agencies around the world. The ICT sector is currently male dominated, especially at senior levels. Where women are present, they are often in low-level, low-skilled jobs. Fortunately, many companies and organizations are looking to increase the number of women in the sector, realizing that increasing the number of women at the top positively impacts financial performance; those that ignore diversity issues, risk on-going labour shortages.”
According to him, gender should never be a limitation for you but rather an asset.
“Women are natural leaders, planners, administrators and strategic thinkers. That is why in the modern world we have great women doing great things”.