Written by Godfrey AKON

WIEN pledges support to close Nigeria’s energy gaps

A non-political group, Women in Energy Network, WIEN, has pledged to support the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in its quest towards meeting the country's energy needs.

WIEN National President, Mrs. Funmi Ogbe, who stated this during a visit to the Corporation headquarters in Abuja, pledged the group's collaboration to enhance energy sufficiency for the nation.

Ogbe noted their visit was part of the celebration of the International Women’s Day which took place last Sunday either the theme “Closing the Gap."

"More importantly, there is energy gap which you stated in your very eloquent speech at NIPS. So we felt it was quite apt for us to throw our weight behind what you are doing. We would like to work with you and support you in the work you are doing in the energy sector”, she said.

The group commended the Corporation for its recent recruitment and promotion exercises, noting that the large number of women on both lists was quite encouraging.

The Acting Spokesperson of NNPC, Mr Samson Makoji, said in a statement that the Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari, assured Nigerians that as a National Oil Company, NNPC would continue to provide equal opportunity for all staff members to grow their careers irrespective of gender.

Kyari said that experience had shown that women have enormous potentials and capabilities to deliver on difficult tasks, adding that women in the corporation’s workforce have continued to demonstrate ability to be trusted with responsibilities.

“For us as a company and by design, and given the very nature of the job we do, which is to deliver power and energy prosperity to this country, we cannot choose anything less than the best. That best doesn’t know your colour, tribe, religion or gender”, he stated.

He assured that NNPC, as a responsible corporate organization, would continue to give equal opportunities to the women folk to enable them contribute their quarter to the development of the country, noting that the society had always limited the capacity of women on wrong assumptions.



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