Interestingly, Coca-Cola Nigeria has underscored the real importance of women in the prosperity of communities, saying they represent one of the biggest accelerators to economic growth globally.
Actually, the company’s Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability Manager, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, who spoke on its women empowerment initiative titled ‘Catalyst for Change,’ said, “Women are not only essential to building thriving communities, we truly believe they represent one of the biggest accelerators to economic growth globally.”
According to a statement, the Coca-Cola Foundation, in partnership with the Karis and Eleos Hand of Hope Foundation, on October 2, empowered 612 women of Sangotedo, Lagos State who participated in a free vocational skills acquisition training programme.
Others were the CCO to the head teacher at Sangotedo Primary School, Mr Haruna Abulwakin; the founder, Karis and Eleos Hand of Hope Foundation, Mrs Bukola Bamiduro; ED, RecyclePoints, Mr Taiwo Adewole; and Onyemelukwe, and many others.
The beneficiaries were said to have received training in baking, sewing, wig-making, tie-dye, shoe and bag-making, soap and household items production. Also, one hundred students of the 612 graduates were reportedly presented with start-up kits for their different areas of interest.
The valedictorian, Clara Ekhator, thanked the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Karis and Eleos Foundation for providing the trainees with invaluable experience.
Bamiduro urged the students to engage in continuous self-development and never to compromise on quality, while emphasising the importance of saving.
Olarotimi, who was among the graduands, expressed her appreciation to the Coca-Cola and Karis and Eleos foundations for their commitment to building human capacity and empowering lives.
Ajakaiye expressed gratitude and joy, saying the empowerment programme would no doubt go a long way in alleviating the economic hardship caused by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.