No fewer than 300 girls drawn from Senior Secondary Schools across the country have benefitted from a three- day capacity building initiative on maritime commerce and National Virtual Maritime Quiz.
The capacity building initiative which was powered by Unity Bank Plc focused on Information Communication Technology, ICT, maritime transportation and logistics ecosystem, hosted by Ocean Ambassadors Foundation to promote the participation of Indigent Girl-Child in maritime commerce.
Unity Bank partnered the programme as part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives targeted at the education sector and to draw attention to the imperatives of training the girl-child to participate actively in the relevant sectors of the economy.
This is coming against the backdrop of the negative impact of COVID-19 on the education sector which has affected millions of girls across Nigeria, resulting in “many girls being unable to return to schools and many others becoming child brides,” according to a recent report by the Economist.
The programme coincided with the International Day of the Girl-Child which was marked to highlight how “the pandemic has accelerated digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting, while also highlighting girls’ diverse digital realities”.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun represented by the Chief Customer Service Officer, Mrs. Titilayo Abraham officially opened the event. Commenting on the initiative, she stated that: “Unity Bank has maintained its commitment to supporting the girl child by supporting several advocacy initiatives and investing in the education sector.
The National Maritime Quiz is yet another opportunity to contribute to the movement to encourage, educate and empower the Girl-Child to participate in the economy while driving access to education.”