By Dayo Adesulu
Head, Branding Strategy and Communications, Sterling Bank, Mrs Olateju Ibekwe,has charged government and corporate organizations to invest massively in youths empowerment, especially in the area of coding and technology.
She said: “Coding and technology are the future of not just Nigeria but the world.” Adding, this is obvious from various inventions and innovations that we have seen from facebook twitter, instalgram and other social media.
“According to her, coding technology is actually the next cash cow, stressing that any economy that believes it wants to grow, must also believe that code, technology is the future of not just Nigeria but the world.
Ibekwe who spoke with journalists during Sterling Bank sponsorship programme of the Lagos State training coding programme for one hundred students held at Lekki said; “Any economy that believes it wants to grow sustainably and is not focusing on technology has not even started. ““She said the coding programme which ran for eleven weeks was aimed at empowering the youths to make them self reliant.”
At Sterling Bank, we believe that we are to be committed to ensuring that this economy grows. One of the ways to do this, is to invest in education of what can take Nigeria from where it is to where it ought to be in the comity of nations,” she said.
We believe that education is the bedrock of any society, education is one of the fulcrums of our corporate citizenship at Sterling Bank and this has been our priority for about a decade.
She said: “We say Nigeria is the giant of Africa. For us to sustainably be the giant of Africa, we have to invest in key sectors that can ensure that we are not just giant of Africa today,but tomorrow.“” Our sponsorship and partnership are prioritisation of programming skills for the youth of the country and this great nation. We have invested in this and this is just one of the few.
“We have partnered with other codes. We sponsored the Easter coding programme where we did not just focused on elderly, but children from ages four to sixteen, seventeen, catching them young.