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Women in petroleum to benefit from $40m NCDMB, NEXIM Bank Fund — Wabote

Women entrepreneurs in the Nigerian oil and gas industry can break barriers by taking advantage of the $40m fund created specifically for them under the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund), the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote has said.

Wabote spoke at the annual general meeting of the Oil and Gas Trainers’ Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) held in Abuja with the theme “Diversity & Inclusiveness in Human Capital development for the Energy Sector.”

He noted that that unavailability of funds is one of the key challenges that
often hinder the participation of women in the oil and gas activities.

He disclosed that the Board had taken steps to address the issue through the NCI Fund.

“To provide a fair chance for women in the oil and gas industry, the Board partnered with the NEXIM Bank to establish a $20 million fund that was matched with an additional $20 million fund by NEXIM bank, making the total pool of funds available to women in oil and gas to be $40 million,” he said.

He explained that the Board and its partners have introduced and implemented several initiatives that promote diversity in the oil and gas industry. Some of those gender-focused interventions were being implemented implemented in partnership with the Bank of Industry (BoI) while others
were facilitated by the Nigerian Export-Import Bank, he added.

According to the Executive Secretary, another step taken by the Board to drive diversity in oil and gas activities was the setting up of the Diversity Sectorial Group in the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum (NCCF).

He added that “the Board has also organized events that were targeted at
women and community activities to promote inclusiveness.

He mentioned that NCDMB’s efforts to lead the womenfolk into the
mainstream of the Nigerian oil and gas industry was recognized at the 5th

Nigerian International Energy Summit this year when the agency was bestowed with an award of the “Best Gender Support Company in the Energy Space”.

Speaking on Human Capacity Development, the NCDMB boss explained
that it adds signi”cant value to the energy sector, and contributes to developing local content in the energy sector.

He also confirm that the Board’s Human Capacity Development model has no gender bias as it is inclusive and provides equal opportunities to all applicants and beneficiaries.

He hinted that NCDMB had put in place the 60-20-20 training model in which 60 percent of the training resources provided by the Board and the industry are devoted to providing young Nigerians with specialized skills they need to secure employment.

He stated that “under this component of the model, beneficiaries are provided with qualitative skills and international certifcations that will position them for employment within and outside Nigeria.”

Written by ExpressDay

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