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Ogbe Wants WIMIN To Redouble Efforts To Thrive In Mining Sector

todayMarch 15, 2024 12

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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, MSMD, Dr. Mary Ogbe has called on women in mining to form a formidable group to thrive in the mining sector.

Dr. Ogbe made the call while inaugurating the new national executive officers of the”Women in Mining in Nigeria”WIMIN, in Abuja.

Dr. Ogbe who stressed that the time has come for all hands to be on deck stressed the need for effective public-private sector collaboration towards boosting the industry for national development.

“We need to turn the difference between us into advantage for the common good of women in Nigeria as a whole”Dr. Ogbe added.

“Lets work as a group to see how we can lift up our women because when a woman is well the household is well” the Permanent Secretary stressed.

On her part, the former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, MMSD, Dame Georgina Ehuria, who harped on the need to empower Women to enable them support their children and families urged the Ministry to support and carry along WIMIN in order to facilitate growth in the sector, which will also translate to national development.

In her presentation, the Chairman Board of Trustees, Women in Mining in Nigeria, Dr Emeka Okengwu who expressed optimism that the Association will bring positive changes in the country urged the newly elected national executives to brace up to push for policies that would enhance their performance and output through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.

Earlier in her welcome address, the President of the Women in Mining in Nigeria, WIMIN, Dr. Janet Adeyemi explained that plans are ongoing to formulate policies that will address the issue of insufficient data in the mining sector.

She stressed that so far over 800 women have been trained across sectors to enable them understand negotiation skills when Miners come to their domain.

“We have succeeded in building the capacity of more than 800 women across sectors. We run what we call women in mining training exchange, where we train people for free to understand negotiation skills when Miners come to their domain”.

Dr. Adeyemi who emphasized that the aim of the association is to educate the women and bring them to the limelight in the mining sector explained that in the mining sites women now know their rights because they have been educated on the dynamics of buying and selling.

“Before women are not allowed to seat at the deliberation table but now with these new exposure they will be involved in decision making” she added.

The new National Executives officers has Dr. Janet Adeyemi as President, Hadiza Suleiman Dauda- vice President (North), Amb Regina Edzuwah- vice President (south) and Ize Umar- National publicity secretary.

Others are Safinatu Sani
Treasurer, Chief Omo Asasadum- National financial secretary, Christy Albangbee-national social welfare while Emily Offodile will serve as National secretary and Michelle Nwafor- Assistant National Secretary.

By Georgina Humphrey, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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