The minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has been conferred with global ambassador for women in energy, oil and gas investiture.
The investiture was announced
on Thursday, 25th March, 2021 when the Association of Women in Energy, Oil and Gas paid her a courtesy visit in her office in Abuja.
In a remark, accepting the title, the minister said that it is high time for Nigerian women to make their presence in the energy, oil and gas sector of the country’s economy.
Dame Pauline Tallen said that men have dominated the oil sector for long.
” There is the need for our women professionals to make a foray into this very critical area of our economy.
” In a country where half of the population are women, there is no justification whereby only 15 percentage of the workforce in the oil industry are women,” she said.
The minister pledged the support of the ministry of women affairs for any initiative that will further the interest of women in the energy, oil and gas sector or in any other sector of our national development.
” The 21st century is a century to reposition the role of women in all ramifications, the energy, oil and gas sector inclusive,” the minister said.
Dame Pauline Tallen thanked the leadership of the association of Women in Energy, Oil and Gas for championing the campaign for the inclusion of women in the energy, oil and gas sector.
She noted with gratitude the giant strides recorded by the association in the area of girl child education, safe drinking water and clean environment in the oil industry host community.
She said the plight of women, girls and children in the oil producing areas must be taken care of.
” We must develop programmes that will enable women from host oil producing areas to participate in the industry,” the minister emphasized.
She charged the association to identify areas of collaboration with the ministry of women affairs, in this regard.
Tallen thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Mrs Lami Ahmed on the broad of the NNPC and called for more of such appointments.
She also thanked Mr President for appointing a woman as the Chairman of the Federal Character Commission.
Earlier, the leader of the association of Women in Energy, Oil and Gas, said that the have come to solicit for collaboration with the ministry in the role of women in the energy sector.
She said that there is a need to close the gap between male and female in the oil industry.
The association, there after, appointed the Minister, Gobal Ambassador for Women in Energy, Oil and Gas for her outstanding contributions to the cause of women and children in Nigeria.