Pur­ple Girl Foun­da­tion Berths, Raises Hope for So­ci­etal Growth

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A new non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion, ‘The Pur­ple Girl Foun­da­tion’ has set out to im­prove girls’ ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

The foun­da­tion seeks to make Nige­ria stand side by side with coun­tries like Saudi Ara­bia, Brazil, Ar­gentina, which have more num­ber of women ed­u­cated than their men.

Speak­ing dur­ing the launch, Pres­i­dent of Well­be­ing Foun­da­tion Africa, Mrs. Toyin Saraki noted that the ini­tia­tive was com­mend­able con­sid­er­ing the role of girls who will turn out to be moth­ers and man­agers in the fu­ture.

Rep­re­sented by for­mer Deputy Gov­er­nor of La­gos State, Sarah Ade­bisi Sosan, she said that par­ents should strive to train their fe­male chil­dren, urg­ing com­mu­nity to join hands with gov­ern­ment to en­sure ed­u­ca­tion for all.

“Now that elec­tion is by the cor­ner, I would also urge the elec­torates to harp on ed­u­ca­tion as their pri­or­ity. They should be con­vinced about the ed­u­ca­tion plan that po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates have for them.”

Also speak­ing, the Deputy Gov­er­nor of La­gos State, Olu­ranti Idiat, who was rep­re­sented, stated that the state would con­tinue to come up with poli­cies that would safe­guard the right of a girl child to ed­u­ca­tion, adding that the gov­ern­ment was will­ing to sup­port pri­vate Ini­tia­tives that pur­sue sim­i­lar cause with money and voices.

Re­act­ing to the report of United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion, UNESCO, which puts the num­ber of un­e­d­u­cated girls in the coun­try at 5.5 million with Nige­ria lead­ing the pack in Africa, founder of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mrs. Mary Akpobome stated that pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als should rise up to the challenge and see the prob­lems as that of the so­ci­ety and not gov­ern­ment alone.

Stress­ing that fe­male ed­u­ca­tion was para­mount to lo­cal and na­tional de­vel­op­ment, as well as hu­man, so­cial and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, Akpobome noted fac­tors such as poverty, be­ing or­phaned, phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity, ig­no­rance of par­ents, leav­ing in remote or un­der­served

In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Com­pany, Nokia and China Mo­bile have signed a €1bil­lion ($1.17 bil­lion) deal to sup­port the Chinese mo­bile op­er­a­tor’s tran­si­tion to a fu­ture-ori­ented net­work in­fra­struc­ture, while pro­vid­ing seam­less connectivity to more ef­fi­ciently meet grow­ing data traf­fic de­mand.

Un­der the one year frame agree­ment, Nokia will pro­vide China Mo­bile with best-in-class, end-to-end tech­nol­ogy solutions to en­able a next-gen­er­a­tion net­work for the age of the cloud and ma­chine com­mu­ni­ca­tions. It will also pro­vide ad­di­tional el­e­ments of its mo­bile ra­dio ac­cess and core port­fo­lio in ad­di­tion to fixed ac­cess, IP rout­ing and Group.

Com­ment­ing on the new de­vel­op­ment, he said “I am very ex­cited to re-join the Group and I’m highly hon­ored to lead the team in Fran­co­phone Africa and Egypt. Our mis­sion is to en­rich the lives of our guests, team mem­bers and the com­mu­nity in this unique area and make ev­ery mo­ment mat­ter.”

Also speak­ing, the com­pany’s Area Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Mid­dle East, Turkey and Africa, Tim Cor­don, stated: “I am thrilled to an­nounce Fred­eric’s ap­point­ment as he as­sumes re­spon­si­bil­ity for some of our key ter­ri­to­ries in Africa, one of Radis­son Ho­tel Group’s core growth mar­kets.

His past ex­pe­ri­ence in this ter­ri­tory will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in strength­en­ing our net­work in the re­gion and in­crease op­er­a­tional syn­er­gies, for the greater ben­e­fits of own­ers, em­ploy­ees and ul­ti­mately our guests.” lo­ca­tions as com­mon ex­cuses that re­strict the girl child ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, but said they were not in­sur­mount­able.

“You may want to ask why our at­ten­tion is fo­cused on the girls, it is be­cause we know that when one ed­u­cates a woman, one has ed­u­cated the whole na­tion. Be­yond this, ed­u­cat­ing the girl child trans­lates to bet­ter health for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion, re­duc­tion in child mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity.

This is why we are bent on bring­ing as op­ti­cal trans­port, cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence man­age­ment, as well as its ser­vices ex­per­tise de­liv­er­ing the qual­ity, speed and re­li­a­bil­ity needed.

The deal was con­sum­mated at Sino-Ger­man Eco­nomic Fo­rum and signed by Vice Pres­i­dent of China Mo­bile, Li Huidi and Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief Hu­man Re­sources Of­fi­cer of Nokia, Hans-Jür­gen Bill . Also present at the sign­ing cer­e­mony were the Ger­man Chan­cel­lor, An­gela Merkel and the Chinese Pre­mier, Li Ke­qiang.

Go­ing for­ward, Nokia and China Mo­bile will work closely to de­fine the prod­ucts and ser­vices that will en­able the op­er­a­tor to ex­plore new op­por­tu­ni­ties in ver­ti­cal mar­kets. Both com­pa­nies had signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for re­search and test­ing of the ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) and ma­chine-learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of next-gen­er­a­tion net­works for the delivery of in­tel­li­gent net­work op­ti­mi­sa­tion and ra­dio re­source man­age­ment.

The frame agree­ment builds on a long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the part­ner­ing firms in de­vel­op­ing, tri­al­ing and de­ploy­ing new tech­nolo­gies to en­able seam­less cloud connectivity and faster, more af­ford­able in­ter­net ac­cess, meet­ing new de­mand while evolv­ing net­works for the fu­ture.

Com­ment­ing on the deal, Pres­i­dent of Nokia Shang­hai Bell, Mike Wang said: “This is a highly sig­nif­i­cant agree­ment with our long­stand­ing part­ner that con­sol­i­dates Nokia’s po­si­tion as a lead­ing provider of next-gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices in China.

We are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing in­dus­try-lead­ing, end-to-end ca­pa­bil­i­ties that will al­low op­er­a­tors to dra­mat­i­cally in­crease per­for­mance, which will in­tro­duce new pos­si­bil­i­ties for net­works of the fu­ture.” many girls as we can back to school for the ben­e­fit of their im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment and the coun­try as a whole.

“For the first three years, we will fo­cus on fe­male stu­dents from in­di­gent fam­i­lies in three pi­lot states in the coun­try with an in­creased scope across Nige­ria. We op­er­ate in part­ner­ship with rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as se­lect schools across dif­fer­ent dis­tricts and lo­cal gov­ern­ment to iden­tify wor­thy ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the scheme.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of ARM Trustees Lim­ited, Mr. Ifeanyi Madubuike; Chair­man, Mixta Nige­ria, Mr. Eddy Eguavoen; Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mixta Nige­ria, Mr. Kola Ashiru-Ba­lo­gun; and Non-Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Mrs. Nike Anani, dur­ing the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of Mixta Nige­ria in La­gos re­cently

From Left: Founder of Edo De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (E.D.O), Oswald Osaretin Guoba­dia, Founder, EDO Cinema, Adesuwa Osawe and the Hon­or­able Com­mis­sioner for Arts, Cul­ture, Tourism and Di­as­pora Af­fairs, Osaze Osemwegie-Ero at the in­au­gu­ral EDO Cinema screen­ing in Benin City re­cently

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