WIEN Backs Inauguration Of New Women Group In Oil Sector, Funding

Yemisi Izuora

The Women in Energy Network (WIEN), has commended the inauguration of a Diversity Sectorial Working Group by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) as well as a Fund for women practitioners in the oil and gas sector.

Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote announced the inauguration of the new Diversity Sectorial Working Group as well as a new Gas Value Chain Group on June 24, 2020.

The decision to set up the Diversity Sectorial Working Group (SWG) was conceived as a result of the Workshop on “Mainstreaming Women in the Oil & Gas Industry” held in October 2019.

The Diversity SWG would seek to improve women participation in the oil and gas industry and promote all-inclusive gender policies. Members of the Diversity SWG are made up of nine companies represented by women.

They are: Seplat represented by Alero Onosode; Aftrac Limited, Patricia Simon Hart;MRS Oil Limited, Pricilla Thorpe-Monclus; Falcon Oil & Gas Corporation Limited, Audrey Joe-Ezigbo and SLC Resources Limited represented by Michele Aiyegbusi.

Others are Techno Oil Limited represented by Nkechi Obi; Major Waves Energy Report, Margaret Okojokwu; Similling Simon Limited, Anita Okuribido and Blackgold Authorities represented by Oladunni Owo.

Following the inauguration of the Diversity SWG, WIEN, conveyed its deepest appreciation to the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote for approving the addition of the Diversity SWG to the Nigerian Content ConsultativeForum (NCCF), where the interests of all practitioners in the oil and gas sector are represented.

It would be recalled that the NCCF was established in 2014 in line with Sections 57 & 58 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act 2010 as a platform for information sharing and collaboration in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry with respect to: upcoming projects, information on available local capabilities and other policy proposals relevant to Nigerian content development.

The Forum is made up of key industry stakeholders, government and regulatory agencies and representatives from eight sectors notably Fabrication, Engineering, Finance, Legal Services, Materials and Manufacturing, ICT, PETAN and Education and Training.

The NCDMB approved the creation of the Essential Services and Multinationals groups to bring the total number of the Sectorial Working Groups (SWGs) to ten (10). The inauguration of the Diversity SWG and Gas Value-Chain SWG brings the NCCF to twelve (12).

According to Funmi Ogbue, President Women in Energy Network (WIEN) and Managing Director Zigma Limited, “For us at WIEN, the creation of the Diversity SWG not only represents the interest of women in the oil and gas sector but recognizes the importance of diversity to the sector.

“I wish to also appreciate the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva as well as Executive Secretary, NCDMB, for making history with the appointment of Mrs. Peace Oyanbo Owei, representing the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, as the first ever female member of the Governing Council of the NCDMB which was inaugurated on June 11.”

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