The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has announced the setting up of a $20million loan scheme to support women in business especially in the oil and gas sector.
This was made known by the Executive Secretary of the Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote, at a virtual roundtable by the Diversity Sectoral Working Group (SWG) of the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum (NCCF).
Wabote said the mandate of the Board has always been the need to promote local content in every sphere of the oil and gas sector.
Quoting Section 57 of the NCDMB Act, he said the role of the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum is to provide a platform for information sharing and support in order to chart way for local content development in Nigeria.
According to him, “The basic aim of the NCCF is to seek how to harness ideas and collaborative efforts for women development with basic emphasis in the oil and gas sector which is why I need to emphasize that this is a purely professional group and not a political group that will begin to advocate for political offices or positions for women.
“Therefore all our communications with with all women group will be through the NCCF.”
Speaking further on the need for funding in the local content sector, he said the agency was committed fully in that aspect.
“Key enablers to local content development is funding which is why we approached the governing council of the NCDMB and they graciously approved $20 million loan support scheme to support women in business which will be domiciled in the Bank of Industry and collaboratively managed by the BoI and the NCDMB,” he added.
Earlier in her remarks, the chairperson of the Diversity SWG of the NCCF, Mrs. Alero Onosode, said the working group was established to identify areas of collaborations as there are about 9 groups working together to harness value for women in the oil and gas sector.
She added that, “The group has four key pillars of which centers on how to impact the lives of women in the sector as well as research to know the current data of women participation as there is no confirmed data yet.”
Others, according to Mrs. Onosode include: “Policy advocacy and capacity development which will enhance networking and stakeholder engagement.”
She noted that the target is that by the end of 2021, there should be a valuable data of women in business and women in organisation available by the group.