By Eileen Ihemadu
The Executive Director of Centre for Information Technology and Development, Mr Y Z. Yau has said that young people in the rural communities are central to economic and social advancement through sustained inclusive growth in the country.
He stated this when the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), with support from Action Aid Nigeria, commemorated Global Day of Action on SDGS 16 with a roundtable theme “Leave No One Behind:Breaking Barriers to Digital Inclusion” at Leleyi Gwari and Gaube communities in Kwali and Kuje Area Councils respectively.
in his remarks, Yau said CITAD with support of Action Aid Nigeria organized a commemoration of 2018 SDGs Global Day of Action to address digital inequities, social and economic inclusion.
Mr Y.Z. Yau, represented by the Programme Officer Ahmad Muhammad Danyaro, disclosed that CITAD and Action Aid Nigeria considers young people in the rural communities as central to economic and social advancement through sustained inclusive growth. Part of investing in the future youth to give them the tools to drive inclusive economic growth, social justice and ending poverty in the long run.
He further stated that CITAD with the support of Action Aid Nigeria established five modern ICT centres in fifteen communities under the four selected area councils. The programme was under the project on “Digitalization for Equitable Development in FCT”, which ensured that two hundred and ten youths received training in digital skills, digital entrepreneurship skills, business management skills and business support clinic as part of effort to achieve goal 16 of the sustainable development goal.
Mrs Hajara Adamu, Local Right Programme Advisor Action Aid Nigeria, gave a presentation on why Sustainable Development Goals are important saying; definition of sustainable development has evolved to capture a more holistic approach, linking the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
Mrs Adamu declared that Sustainable Development Goals addresses not just the measurable changes in the well-being of people, economic development of countries and better environment on the planet, but also the means of how these changes shall be induced.
“If we look at the SDG 16 and SDG 17, these are all about enabling environment of peace and security and rule of law and conditions for inclusion and participation, i.e. inclusive institutions and decision making. The SDGs are focusing on people who were “left behind” and their inclusion. Participatory processes will allow stakeholders to give voice to the needs and interests of the people they represent, enabling better-planned and better-informed initiatives. No one is left behind or left out, as governments, international organizations, the business sector and other non-state actors and individuals must contribute”.
Participants of the round table Alkasim Mohammad and Martha Yusuf commended CITAD/AAN for leaving no one behind by breaking barriers to digital inclusion through the ICT Centres which have trained 210 young men and women in 14 rural communities with multi-faceted ICT Skills.