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Int’l Girls in ICT 2017: Vodacom partners eBusinessLife

Vodacom Business Nigeria has thrown its weight behind the commeration of the International Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 2017 being organized by eBusinessLife in Lagos, reports ITRealms.

The event which is on its sixth edition, ITRealms reports is gathering steam as key stakeholders in the industry have lined up to partner with eBusiness Life Limited in its bid to create awareness among young girls on the need to take up careers in ICT.

A press statement made available to ITRealms by the chief executive officer of eBusiness Life Communication, Mrs. Ufuoma Emuophedaro, said that Vodacom Business Nigeria, one of the major partners in the previous editions of the event has indicated their interest to be part of this year’s campaign.

She also said, this year's event, scheduled to hold in Lagos on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, marks the 6th edition since eBusiness Life joined the annual campaign in 2012; an initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) geared at sensitizing young girls and encouraging them to take up ICT as a career.

The Marketing Manager at Vodacom Business Nigeria, Anne Ihugba, was quoted as saying that Vodacom’s support is borne out of the quest to ensure that the Nigerian girl child is presented with all options available in shaping her career and ensuring that the profession of ICT is demystified among females.

Vodacom, she said, has consistently been engaged in the development of human capital and in contributing positively to the community in which it operates through various initiatives.

“The partnership with eBusinessLife is one of such vehicles that will help the operator achieve its goals,” she said.

Ihugba further said that at Vodacom, one of the business principles is contributing to communities in which the company operates, so this event is one of the many avenues, they believe, fulfils part of this obligation.

“Based on this, we are happy to inform you that we will partner with your organization this year as a sponsor,” she said, stressing that the winning school will be invited to a one day Field Trip to Vodacom Business Nigeria to learn about new technologies and how they can contribute to the development of Nigeria using these technologies.

According to the Mrs. Emuophedaro, the need to sensitise young girls is premised on the fact that the society has unconsciously relegated the female gender and delegated careers in technical fields, especially in ICT, to their male counterparts.

Effort, she said, should be made to introduce young girls to career opportunities in technical fields in both the public and private sectors to help them have a wider range of options and contribute their quota in the industry and in the development of the economy.

She stated that the International Girls in ICT Day workshop and attending campaign will further open up opportunities for girls in ICT sector.

As part of the 2017 event, there will be students’ training on basic robotics and graphic design competition between female students from select secondary schools, roundtable discussions, interactive and motivational talk from renowned women ICT professionals, among others.

The event will also form a platform for participating companies to network and find areas of complementarity.

Chuks Egbune/GEE
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