Pic 4By Jennifer Ukoh

Nigeria?s fastest growing and most innovative telecommunications company Etisalat has further demonstrated its commitment to the development of the Nigerian student with the hosting of a Career Counselling programme on Thursday, March 27th at Iyana Ipaja for students of nine secondary schools drawn from different parts of Lagos.

The event which was aimed at educating the students on the basics of how to choose a career was organised in conjunction with Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network (LEARN), an NGO founded by the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola.

Speaking on the initiative, Head, Learning and Development, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Chike Otubelu, disclosed that the initiative was a demonstration of the company?s commitment to the development of the society, adding that it enables Etisalat staff to live up to one of the company?s core values.

?We are aware that our success is a product of the society in which we live and do business in, that is why we are committed to contributing to development at all levels of society.? At the Career Counselling programme, our staff volunteer time and employ skills to provide career counselling and mentorship to those with the most critical need for such guidance – students of secondary schools. We are aware that students need appropriate direction towards making compatible and fulfilling career choices, because a wrong career move may have some negative long-term effects.? He said.

Schools that participated in the career counselling session included Principals, Vice Principals, teaching staff and Students drawn from Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Agege; Sango Senior Secondary School, Agege; Yewa Junior High School, Agege; Keke Senior High School, Agege and Stadium Junior Grammar School, Agege, among others.

Speaking further, Otubelu added that: ?The career counselling programme is a value addition to our Adopt-A-School Initiative, in partnership with the Lagos State Government. It is an on-going project, and this is the tenth Etisalat career counselling session so far in Lagos state. Besides, it is a platform through which Etisalat staff members practicalise our internal Corporate Social Responsibility values.? He stated.

Also speaking at the event, Senior Project Officer, Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N), Mrs. Tonne Saheed thanked Etisalat for investing in the education of the Nigerian youth adding that the initiative was both timely and progressive. She also noted that the knowledge that was imparted on the students will impact positively on them when they want to choose a career in the future. She thanked Etisalat for the laudable programme adding that L.E.A.R.N is glad to be associated with such an innovative initiative.

During the programme, students from the invited schools participated in debate and spelling bee competitions with winners going away with laptop, tablets and other gift items courtesy Etisalat. The event also witnessed performances by top Nigerian hip hop artistes including Dammy Krane and Black Magic who thrilled guests and participants with their hit tracks.

Other education empowerment programmes conducted by Etisalat Nigeria include the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Program, in partnership with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Plymouth University UK, and the Etisalat Academy, UAE;? permanent adoption of primary schools and a secondary school; scholarships to meritorious undergraduates of various Nigerian universities, through the Etisalat Merit Awards Scheme; and a Teacher Training Programme on English language in different geographic regions of Nigeria.

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