ACCI Urges Gov’t, Stakeholders to Invent, Adopt Information Communications Strategies To Tackle IDPs
The Director-General of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Ms Victoria Akai has urged the government and other stakeholders to invent innovative ways, adopt Information and Communication Strategies in tackling the challenges of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.
Ms Akai made this known during her Keynote speech at The Vulnerability Dialogue themed “using tech and innovation to reduce the plight of refugees and IDPs in Nigeria” organised by The Skilled Women Initiative (TSWINI).
She said of the challenges bedevilling Nigerians, the greatest was not having a place to call home by some citizens adding that Nigeria needs to make adequate investment in internet infrastructure to ensure unhindered availability of data as this is the fuel for the digital economy.
She also said that ICT has provided enormous opportunities that could help in ensuring a better lifestyle for displaced people..
“To be internally displaced is to be emotionally, mentally, and psychologically displaced and derailed. Psychologists will agree with me that the productivity of such a person is greatly affected,” she said.
She said though the Skilled Women Initiative (TSWINI) has done well to focus on the plight of vulnerable persons in Nigeria there are no interventions or programs to cater for displaced persons today that can be established, sustained, and impactful without the use of technology.
“That our brothers and sisters and children are displaced does not necessarily mean that they are also unproductive. They can be productive, they can leverage on ICT opportunities to make themselves economically free. They can leverage these opportunities and even provide gainful employment for other displaced persons.”
“At the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) we have a Business Entrepreneurship, Skills and Technology Centre (BEST), is our training arm of the Centre that organises training and capacity development for our members and the general public. We are ready to partner with agencies to support our women in the IDPs under very special considerations,” she said.
She urged Nigerians to play their part adding that digital tools play a role beyond humanitarian basics like education, health, employment, and dealing with bureaucracies at it also provides business strategies and opportunities.