Globacom, Nigeria’s premier data and telecommunication service provider has won the award for Best Women Enterprise Support (Company) Award at the 2018 Nigerian Women Digital Agenda Summits and Awards (NWDAS), organized by the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development, (CECAD) in Lagos.
Speaking on the choice of Globacom which was based on its remarkable assistance of career women, the President of CECAD, Dr. Bayero Agabi, noted that while telecoms operators are the engine rooms for digital liberalization, Globacom stands out in its support for women in ICT. “The company recognizes that women are critical to the digital development the nation craves for and goes ahead to support women in the industry”.
According to President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Odumakin while presenting the award to Globacom: “There is no way anyone can deny the fact that in terms of data, Globacom has broken the ceiling and the company is not only about talk, it has done so much in terms of investment, empowerment, and development of women enterprise in Nigeria and so this award is well deserved”.
Receiving the award on behalf of Globacom, Acting Head of Unit, Call Centre, Kemi Fadipe said: “We must acknowledge the efforts of individuals and corporate bodies in Nigeria who over the years have shown support for the cause of women empowerment. Nigeria’s digital transformation leader, Globacom, numbers highly on this list of progressive companies which is silently contributing their quota to empowering Nigerian women”.
Globacom, she observed, believes that women empowerment is a necessary step if a country is to overcome the obstacles associated with poverty and development and one way to empower women is to bring innovative ICT products and services within the reach of all regardless of age, tribe or gender. “Globacom since inception has demonstrated that it is committed to liberalizing access to telecom services by making them affordable to all classes of Nigerians”.
She further noted: “Besides, Globacom has been a pillar of support to many female entrepreneurs, assisting them with cutting-edge solutions to enable them to compete favourably and advance in their chosen fields. Globacom is also, today, the greatest supporter of entertainment and entertainers, many of whom are women”, she stated.
Fadipe affirmed that Globacom would continue to promote gender equality and fair access to ICT in Nigeria.
The summit which held in Lagos was attended by shapers in the digital communication sector including the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Association of Licensed Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA).