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The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen OFR KSG has added another feather to her colourful cap as Women Global Ambassador on Energy, Oil, and Gas. The appointment 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.

According to the Ministry’s Director Press, Shehu Maikai, in a release to journalists yesterday 25 March 2021 disclosed that in a remark, accepting the title, the Minister said that it is high time for Nigerian women to make their presence eminent enough in the energy, oil, and gas sectors of the country’s economy.

Shehu Maikai, in his release, stated that Dame Pauline Tallen said that men have dominated the oil sector for too 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 percent of the workforce in the oil industry are women”.

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 any other sector of our national development.

She further pointed out that the 21st century is a century to reposition the role of women in all ramifications. “The energy, oil, and gas sector inclusive”, she 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 sectors.

She also noted with gratitude the giant strikes recorded by the association in the area of girl child education, save drinking water, and a 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”.

She charged the association to identify areas of collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs, in this regard.

Dame Pauline Tallen thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Mrs. Lami Ahmed on the board 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 they have come to solicit for collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs in the role of women in the energy sector.

She pointed out that there is a need to close the gap between males and females in the oil industry.

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