Women's Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC



Press release – August 5, 2022

Lagos, Nigeria

On Friday 29th of July, 2022, the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC) held the first graduation ceremony for participants of the inaugural cohort of the 2022/2023 cycle of its She Can with ICT programme held in Lagos State.

This cohort was held at the Skills Acquisition Centre of the International Women’s Society of Nigeria (IWS) – secretariat in Jakande Lekki, Lagos

The ceremony was part of the 23rd anniversary and graduation of IWS – Skills Acquisition Centre for all vocational students at the IWS centre for 2022 calendar year. Graduating students received certificates from NABTEB, IWS Skills Centre Certificates, SheCanWithICT (W.TEC Certificate) and ASCEND Tutor Certificates.

The programme which was a huge success was graced by Isabella Abia-Okon MVP, IWS Nigeria, Nkoli Obi-Ogbolu, 62nd President IWS, Guest Speaker – Engr. Obinna Kelvin Ukwa, Oreoluwa Lesi, Executive Director W.TEC, Yemisi Subair – Chairperson, Ascend Education Foundation , Deji Delano – Ascend Education Foundation, Oby-Funmi Awosiga representing Chief (Mrs. Funke Arthur-Worrey) Senior Programs Executive – Abiodun Owo  representative Act Foundation,  graduating participants and their families.

During the ceremony, W.TEC presented a seed grant of N100,000 to Aderinola Odunayo Ajibade, whose proposed business feasibility on the expansion of her pastry business, tagged “God’s Choice Services,” emerged as the most viable business feasibility submitted by her class. The gift prize is part of W.TEC’s SHE CAN WITH ICT programme done by W.TEC in collaboration with the Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation.         

The SHE CAN with ICT (Sustaining Her Enterprise, Career and Network) is a W.TEC initiative in collaboration with Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, to improve the productivity and profitability of women-owned businesses, by equipping them with in-depth practical digital technology skills and tools to catalyze their entrepreneurial growth in an increasingly technology-driven business environment.

Targeted Beneficiaries for the programme are:

 Aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs aged 18 and above.

The graduation ceremony for the cohort was held for 43 participants, after 4 weeks comprehensive training designed to improve the productivity and profitability of female owned businesses, by equipping them with in-depth practical digital technology skills and tools to catalyze their entrepreneurial growth.

The 2021 cycle of the programme empowered 427 (an extra, from a target of 300 participants) in Lagos State via 4 centres (Ojodu, Ajegule, Surulere and Lekki) across the state. While the new cycle for 2022 has a target of 500 participants via numerous centres in Lagos State and Kwara State, which is a beneficiary of the expansion plan for the programme across Nigeria.

The major goals of the programme are to:

  • To equip 500 aspiring or existing female entrepreneurs with technology skills and knowledge to improve their business productivity and profitability.
  • Reduce the digital gender gap by increasing the number of women who are comfortable using technology
  • Promote sustainable and financial empowerment for female entrepreneurs via their strategic use of technology

W.TEC looks forward to an amazing progress with new cycle for SHE CAN WITH ICT, breaking new bounds in empowering women in business with skills to boost their efficiency and productivity.

Prepared by:

Odutola Adeyemi

Communications Officer (W.TEC)