By Godwin Otang
A non for profit-making organization, Evolving Woman Organization, has held a technology-centered summit to pull over 5,000 young girls from the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) and the University of Calabar (UNICAL) into technology skills.
The summit which was held at the University of Calabar, Cross River State, is meant to help women and girls develop technological skills as a way of remaining relevant on the global stage as conventional skills are gradually becoming extinct with the emergence of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Addressing newsmen at the summit Obiajulu Igwesi, Founder of the Organization and Convener of the Future Code Summit, said, “The actual essence of the tech-inspired summit is to get more women and girls to learn skills that are in line with the current trends of the decade; it’s not just about the traditional skills anymore, you need to learn skills that will put you on the global stage especially in technology. Women need to harness the many potentials that we have, we are helping women go into technology.
She added: “This is a rare opportunity brought to the University of Calabar where free opportunities that cost hundreds of dollars are being given away. I can see how motivated they are and I encourage everyone to use that same spirit to take action and maximize every single thing they have learned here.”
On his part, a Tech expert, Ugi Augustin Ugi jr who is the President of the Nugi Group of companies: averred that, “The program is going to impact young people and shape their lives and make them know that they are valuable and worthy to change their tomorrow from today.”
According to Ugi: “Yes I expect the program to impact more than 5,000 students from UNICAL and UNICROSS. Already we do these things even without these programs, so the program is just a phase to show we want to impact our local community. So the earlier we can carry the young people along the better for us.
“We are building data analytics for effective revenue collection. We are the official consultant for reassurance and information systems: our work is to help the State drive revenue processes, make it easy for people to pay money to the State government even from outside the country, and also drive development, build, and gather data, store data, analyze and build Artificial Intelligence around that data to help the State move forward for the next four years.
Mr. Julius Afolabi, a premium business coach and a Value Improvement Strategist, said, “Technology is here to stay. So, irrespective of what you do, you need technology. It is the easiest way to scale. If you want to grow and keep expanding highly paid or recognized, technology is the way to go. Tech is inevitable and can replicate your productivity in multiple folds.”
The summit also featured coaching on financial management where Miss Jessica Ugbobor, advised participants that “financial literacy advocate, and personal financial management is a concept that is key everyone has to learn. It covers making money, managing money, and multiplying money.
“Whether you are into technology or not, financial management is key otherwise, you would be working as if you’re not working and this too is empowered by the use of technology. So, my advice for participants; irrespective of your field of endeavor adopt technology.”
Highlights of the event were question and answer sessions and the presentation of awards of honor to the speakers.
It had in attendance technological experts, academicians, financial experts, and the media.