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Lafarge Africa Launches Girls in Tech Program in Cross River State to Empower Tomorrow’s Innovators

Recognizing the underrepresentation of women in the technology sector, leading innovative and sustainable building solutions company, Lafarge Africa Plc, has launched the Girls in Tech Program, a pioneering initiative aimed at empowering young women in technology.

Meticulously crafted to bridge the gender gap in tech and empower 10 young females between the ages of 18-25 years from Lafarge Africa Host communities in Cross River State, this program is poised to make a significant impact in the region.

The Girls in Tech Program seeks to harness the unique talents of these young women and introduce them to the dynamic world of technology. By providing them with essential skills and opportunities, the initiative aspires to equip them to become self-reliant as well as problem solvers in society.

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L-R. Cath Patrick Etim, Community Relations Committee Representative, Ekong Annaku Community; Lawrence Bassey, Acting Chairman, Community Relations Committee; Edwin Adie, Technical Senior Advisor, Cross Rivers State Ministry of Science & Technology; Brenda Effiom, Community Relations Manager, Lafarge Africa Plc; Hon. Ijom Agim, Commissioner, Youth & Sports, Cross Rivers State; Barong Ita, Human Resources Business Partner, Lafarge Africa Plc; ; Inyang Bassey, Public Affairs Manager, Lafarge Africa Plc; and Hon. Edeme Erom, Commissioner, Women Affairs, Cross Rivers State with the Ten Girls & Beneficiaries at the launch of Girls in Tech Program for Host Communities in Cross Rivers State by Lafarge Africa Plc on Friday, April 5, 2024.

In collaboration with Aptech and Arena Multimedia,globally recognized leaders in technology incubation and opportunity, as well as The Bridge Leadership Foundation, this boot camp promises to be a transformative experience for the participating girls, who are eager to make their mark in the tech industry.

Speaking during the onboarding to flag-off the program held at Hogis Hotel, Calabar on Friday, April 5, 2024, the Plant Manager, Lafarge Africa Plc, Sotirios Valsamakis, who was represented by the Human Resources Business Partner, Lafarge Africa Plc; Barong Ita, revealed that the program is in line with the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. She also added that the initiative is designed to ignite a spark of inspiration, hope, and possibilities in the heart of the selected girls across the host communities.

“As an organization, people are an integral part of our sustainability drive, and we are invested in building lasting progress by empowering members of our host communities. We also recognize the need for greater and greener diversity and inclusivity within the tech sector. Today’s event is not just about launching a program. It is about igniting a spark of inspiration, hope, and possibilities in the hearts of these young women. It is about challenging stereotypes.”

Also speaking at the event, the Cross Rivers State Commissioner for Science, Innovation & Technology, Justin Beshel represented by Edwin Adie, Technical Senior Advisor, Cross Rivers State Ministry of Science & Technology commended Lafarge Africa for the initiative adding that it is in line with the State government’s plan towards science, technology and innovation development.

“We like to appreciate Lafarge for onboarding the girls in tech program because it’s in tandem to what we believe in and we are happy to see Lafarge as an esteemed partner in driving our people to getting this opportunity.”

Meanwhile, his counterpart from the Ministry of Youth Development, Hon. Ijom Agim stressed that the initiative is a way of empowering and giving back to society. “It is the primary responsibility of our ministry to get involved in youth empowerment and training in all ramifications.  Therefore, I’m deeply elated to have Lafarge come up with such an initiative, which, as far as I’m concerned, is a way of empowering the youth of Cross River State. Even though this program is actually tied as our girls’ onboarding program, it is very much in tandem with our plan in the state.”

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L-R. Hon. Edeme Erom, Commissioner, Women Affairs, Cross Rivers State; Edwin Adie, Technical Senior Advisor, Cross Rivers State Ministry of Science & Technology; Brenda Effiom, Community Relations Manager, Lafarge Africa Plc; Inyang Bassey, Public Affairs Manager, Lafarge Africa Plc; Hon. Ijom Agim, Commissioner, Youth & Sports, Cross Rivers State; and Barong Ita, Human Resources Business Partner, Lafarge Africa Plc; at the launch of Girls in Tech Program for Host Communities in Cross Rivers State by Lafarge Africa Plc on Friday, April 5, 2024.

In the same vein, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hon. Edeme Erom commended Lafarge Africa for investing in the girl child. “Gender equality is a cross-cutting issue that affects all the 17 SDG goals. This Girls in Tech onboarding program can be leveraged to deliver a transformative impact in our society and in our state. On this note, permit me to thank Girls in Tech team of Lafarge, all the supporting organisations, and our esteemed girls in tech ambassadors.”

Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to Lafarge Africa for the opportunity while pledging to take the six months’ program seriously as well as replicate the knowledge acquired in other girls in their communities.

The event was also attended by the State Commissioner for Environment, program partners from the Bridge Leadership Foundation, Aptech, Arena Media, and representatives of some of the host communities.

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About Lafarge Africa Plc

Lafarge Africa Plc, a leading Nigerian building solutions company is a member of Holcim Limited, a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions. Listed on the Nigerian Exchange Group, Lafarge Africa is actively participating in the urbanization and economic growth of Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa.

Lafarge Africa has the widest footprint in Nigeria with cement operations in the South West (Ewekoro and Sagamu in Ogun State), North East (Ashaka, in Gombe State), South East (Mfamosing, Cross Rivers State) with Ready-Mix operations in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Lafarge Africa has a current installed cement production capacity of 10.5Mtpa.

Lafarge Africa leverages on its innovative expertise to provide value-added products and services solutions in the building and construction industry in Nigeria. Additional information is available on the web site at www.lafarge.com.ng

About Holcim

Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving the circular economy as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

 

More information is available on www.holcim.com

CONTACT

Ginikanwa Frank-Durugbor
Head, Corporate Communications
Ginikanwa.frank-durugbor@lafarge.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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