By Emeka Aginam
HOW best to positionÂ andÂ brighten the future of the Nigerian female students was the focus of discussion last weekÂ in LagosÂ when Multi-Links Telkom visited aboutÂ ten female students of the University of Lagos inÂ celebration of this yearâ€™s annual Women DayÂ which held in South Africa recently.
The Deputy High Commissioner, South African High Commission, His Excellency, Peter Malepe during courtesy visitÂ to Multi-Links Telkom urged the students to key into the success story of Multi-Links Telkom as they were being exposed to the reality of modern day work environment.
â€œFor many, this visit to the â€˜world of workâ€™ will mark a turning point in their lives as they will experience firsthand modern day career practices that will shape their future and change their world for the better.â€ he said.
Malepe traced the history of Women Day Celebration in South Africa to the critical role that the women played in the independence of the former apartheid enclave.
He said that the essence of the Take a Girl Student to Work Day was to expose the female students to the realities and complexities of the modern day work environment and the need for the girl-child to realize the enormity of the opportunities opened to her.
He said that being born a female should not in any way constitute any disadvantage to the girl-child. While condemning the obnoxious policy which deprives the girl child of equal opportunity to western education in some parts of the world, he charged the female students to seize the opportunity of the exposure in Multi-Links to strengthen their resolve for quality education as a basis for undertaking future challenges.
The Deputy High Commissioner reminded the students that women in Africa have played prominent roles in the politics of the region and have even attained high political and professional offices such as the first female President of Liberia. He told the students that the journey to such greatness was the exposure they were having at the Multi-Links Telkom. He warned that anyone who failed to take advantage of the opportunity of the visit to re-assess their values and worldview may have themselves to blame.
He warned the students not to feel inferior to others for being born as a girl child since â€œit is not a mistake that you are born as women.â€ He reiterated that the weapon of future success is not in the placard that the women in the past employed but in the wisdom and knowledge acquired through sound education.
While receiving the ten students to the corporate head office of the telecommunications firm, the acting CEO, Mr. Boni Gantile said that telecommunications industry provides ample opportunities for female graduates to maximize the opportunities that abound in all fields in the sector.
He noted specifically that Multi-Links Telkom (Nigeria) and Telkom SA (South Africa) have increased the opportunities for the female gender for increased participation in the ICT sector. The acting CEO told the students to take the opportunity of the visit to increase their knowledge of the ICT environment in order to position them for competitive advantage in the labour market in the future.
Bonisile Gantile informed the students that Multi-Links Telkom had taken bold steps to ensure that the future of the Nigerian youths are strengthened through various initiatives which included a recent award of scholarships to undergraduate students of Engineering and Computer related fields in Nigerian universities.