By Modupe Gbadeyanka
An award has been presented to Airtel Nigeria by the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) for its significant contribution towards fostering opportunities for women and girls in the tech sector.
WTEC, a notable beneficiary of Airtel’s corporate social responsibility initiative, Touching Lives Season 6, honoured the leading telecommunications firm in Nigeria at its 15th anniversary dinner on Sunday, December 3, 2023, at La Chaumiere Restaurant in Lagos.
The organisation said it was impressed with Airtel Nigeria’s dedication towards the advancement of technology in the country.
Highlighting the positive influence of Airtel Nigeria’s intervention, the chief executive of WTEC, Ms Oreoluwa Lesi, expressed her gratitude for the telco’s support.
“The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC) started operations in 2008 with a dream to inspire more girls to pursue careers in technology.
“We would not be where we are without your support as a partner. At W.TEC, we would continue to build a pipeline of women in STEM for today and tomorrow,” she said.
Responding to the award, the chief executive of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Carl Cruz, thanked the organisation for the recognition and emphasized the company’s objective of driving technological advancements and empowering women in technology.
“We remain dedicated to our mission to contribute to the advancement of women and girls in Nigeria, ensuring that they thrive in the ever-evolving world of technology.
“This Award of Recognition from W.TEC serves as a testament to our unwavering dedication to fostering positive change and creating equal opportunities in the digital landscape, and we look forward to creating a more lasting impact,” he said.
On his part, the Head of Corporate Communications and CSR at Airtel Nigeria, Mr Femi Adeniran, expressed delight over the recognition presented by W.TEC.
“We are truly honoured to receive this Award of Recognition from W.TEC, a beneficiary of Airtel Touching Lives season 6 interventions. This is inspiring for us as an organization as it does not only motivate us to do more, but to know that our CSR interventions are truly touching lives,” he said.
Airtel Nigeria, through its Airtel Touching Lives initiative, has impacted over 3,672 individuals.