WEOG 2022: Rivers deputy governor, Bayelsa first lady urge women to take opportunities in oil and gas

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WEOG 2022: Rivers deputy governor, Bayelsa first lady urge women to take opportunities in oil and gas

By Wisdom Ohaegbule

The deputy governor of Rivers State, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, and first lady of Bayelsa State, Dr Gloria Diri, have both charged women in the oil region to strive to grab opportunities in the sector.

They gave the charge at the Women in Energy, Oil and Gas (WEOG) 2022 in Port Harcourt.

In her keynote address, the deputy governor of Rivers State, Dr Harri0Banigo, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to spend time with women striving in a male-dominated sector such as energy, oil, and gas. She said that it is a bold statement that the women’s role is not limited to the “other room” but in actively participating in national development.

She said it is for such reasons that the slogan of the International Women’s Day, #break the bias, was well received in the state.

She added that things like this motivate women to seek ways whereby leaders would integrate gender perspectives in national development.

She expressed shock at National Assembly (NASS)’s rejection of the five gender bills recently. She asserted that unlike NASS, the Wike-led administration has done a lot for Women, by ensuring that all the vice chairmen of the 23 local government councils are women, with one being a substantive Chairman.

She also said that she being the deputy governor, first ever in Rivers State, is evident enough that this current administration has been supportive of women and their course.

However, she has enjoined women to quit shying away from politics because their involvement in politics remains the sure way they could get the dividends of democracy by voting their choices into power. She it is the only way they could be legible to contest for positions, hence she re-emphasised the need for Women to go get their voters cards for the next general election because according to her, “now, every vote must count.”

She added that the summit should go further to address the artificial cultural barriers against women, and that she hopes to see women from the South-South extraction topping the league and becoming billionaires as well.

The wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Dr Diri, in her goodwill message to WEOG and the Ladies in Fellowship of the FGBMFI, said that women are meant to be seen and heard. She also encouraged women to be bold enough to come out and be in places they are supposed to be.

She said due to experience gained from the opportunity in dealing with the grassroots women, she knew better the needs of the women of the grassroots.

She also used the opportunity to acknowledge those men who work hard to emancipate women in their various capacities. At the same vein she expressed hopefulness in the NASS to reconsider the five gender bill they rejected. 

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