Kaduna State Government has signed a pact with Google.Org to train 5,000 women and girls in data science, artificial intelligence, and entrepreneurial application of digital technologies.

The initiative, which is part of a broader skills development program supported by Google.org, aims to empower 20,000 more women and young people across Nigeria with 21st-century skills, positioning them for opportunities in the digital and creative industries.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Muhammad Lawal Shehu, in a statement said, the program will be executed by Data Science Nigeria, which will set up Arewa Tech4Ladies, noting that it is crafted to serve 4 key semi-urban and rural communities in Kaduna State, offering specialised women-focused learning, mentoring, and job placement support facilities.

Google Director for West Africa, Olumide Balogun, stated that the future of technology in Nigeria hinges on tapping into the potential of every individual, irrespective of gender.