Princewill Ekwujuru &Winifred Nwabuokei
Following the successful opening of herÂ office in Nigeria, International Business Machines (IBM) said it has completed a program of corporate citizenship activity aimed at helping Cross River State compete in the global marketplace.
The company at a press briefing saidÂ that since the federal government is forging ahead with plans to invest in infrastructure development, in line with its 2020 vision, the investment; the company said will spur growth, â€œand that is the reason we see great opportunities in helping Nigeria overcome these challenges, in e-government development, power and energy, education and transportation.â€
Endy Chiakpo, Country General Manager, IBM Nigeria and West Africa stated that for these reasons the company has invested million of dollars in the West African subregion , in areas as Information Technology (IT) services delivery capacity infrastructure.
According ti him, the IBM Corporate Service Corps, is an initiative designed to provide small businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations in emerging markets with sophisticated business consulting and skills development to help improve local conditions and foster job creation. Now in its second year, the corporate version of the Peace Corps, sends teams of 8-10 top employees from around the world representing IT, research, marketing, finance, and business development to emerging markets for one month. The employees work pro bono with local organizations and businesses on projects that intersect business, technology and society.
Continuing, he said, â€œIBM is well known for helping public and private sector organizations and companies around the world to leverage technology to drive innovation and do things smarter,â€ said Endy Chiakpo Country General Manager, IBM West Africa, â€œIn bringing the Corporate Service Corps Program to Nigeria we are able to offer our wealth of skills and experience to benefit local communities and transfer skills so that they can grow, prosper and compete in a global economy. IBM also benefits from the experience by growing its next generation of leaders with the skills required to lead in a globally integrated world.â€
The IBM teams have had a profound impact on the region by bringing highly valued skills on local projects and helping to transfer those skills to emerging centers of business across Africa,â€ said Deidre White, president of the CDS Development Solutions, the Washington-based consultant who has partnered with IBM in this initiative across Africa.
â€œThe result has been to significantly advance projects that will have a sustained impact in the community and help lay the foundations for a 21st century global enterprise, he noted.
Further, the company said, â€œthe Nigeria initiative is part of a program of African activity which began in August this year and included 70 employees in 6 teams deployed in South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana as well as Nigeria. IBM partners with the non-governmental organization (NGO) CDS Development Solutions to help identify the right projects and local organizations where IBM employees can have the most impact.
The Corporate Service Corps is part of IBMâ€™s Global Citizenâ€™s Portfolio, a suite of investment programs to help IBM employees enhance their skills and expertise in order to become global leaders, professionals and empowered citizens of the 21st century work force.