A coalition of NGOs led by Empathy Driven Women International Initiative EDWIIN puts smiles on the faces of IDP on Sunday, 14 March 2021, in the bid to celebrate International Women’s day and mother’s day.
These women thought beyond the regular gatherings and conferences that characterize the annual event to celebrate with vulnerable young women and women in general in the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camp. They are joining forces with The Navigators Nigeria who has been working in various humanitarian capacities to effect impactful projects.
Amongst the leading NGOs are the U.S based Achana legacy foundation, Shogbonyo Foundation. Hospital for humanity, and Centre for Poverty Reduction. From the Nigerian team are women in business Arena, Reedges collections, Standard Bearers School Lekki and Body Mechanics and Physiotherapy Wellness Center.
These women with a clear vision came together to donate clothing materials and food items to the women like Ankara, cartons of sanitary towels, noodles, cartons of spaghetti, detergents, bathing soaps, mats, and insecticide coils amongst others.
The convener of EDWIIN Uri Ngozichukwuka who spoke to newsmen, mentioned an Education Trust Fund in the offing for the children. This is not the first time EDWIIN will mark international women’s Day with vulnerable women in society. In 2018 the young NGO organized the first medical outreach for women with disabilities in Lagos at the Teslim Balogun stadium.
IDP CAMPs in the country total 32 with over 3.2 million displaced people. This particular camp has 1,720 persons including 250 children born in the camp between 2016 and 2021
The event had over 200 women and 45 young women from the camp and about 18 officials represented the various NGOs that form the coalition led by Uri Ngozichukwuka of EDWIIN.
GTBank suffers mass staff resignation
The IT division at GTBank has suffered a continual decrease in personnel within the last six months. It has caused a significant technical lacuna and work overload for current employees. Reports reaching 1st News have it that GTBank has been slow in promoting its staff; inadvertently triggering a wave of exits into the labour market which had attractive offers for their talent.
The shortage in manpower is bringing about increased workload; and mounting pressure on the remaining IT employees.
One staff said, “I was handling one application then it doubled as a result.”
Another one also: “There’s a particular team where three members left in the space of one month. Now, four people’s responsibilities are being juggled by one person.”
And yet another staff said, “The pressure is crazy. One person is doing three people’s jobs all in the name of efficiency. That’s why our cost to income ratio will always be the lowest in the industry.”
An undisclosed source said the frequent loss of experienced workers without commensurate hiring resulted in gaps in technical capabilities.
He said: “The application I am managing was handled by two people; but my partner has gone to join another team. If I’m leaving now, a new person can’t cram; and get a good grip of everything in my handover note within 3 weeks. We simply need more people on the team!”
This gap is often reflected when there is a service downtime towards the end of the month caused by server overload. During this period, transaction volume increases due to salary payments; and other month-end payments; leading to more pressure on existing resources.
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