Deputy President of the Senate Ovie Omo-Agege has called for the inclusion of women as beneficiaries of the Host Communities Fund component of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
Senator Omo-Agege emphasised that women inclusion in the application of the PIA’s three percent Host Communities Fund is a sure path to development.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Otive Igbuzor when he hosted a delegation of Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group in Abuja on Thursday, the Delta Central lawmaker advised that the advocacy be extended to the executive arm of government since it is the final authority in implementing the Act.
Omo-Agege said: “I am gender sensitive. I support the inclusion of women in the development process. So you can be assured of our support in terms of your demand for women inclusion in the relevant structures of the Petroleum Industry Act.
“But you also need to continue the advocacy, especially with executive arm of government because they are the ones that will make the final appointment. And they are also responsible for implementation of those areas. But you can rest assured of our commitment to continue to push for women inclusion in development and justice for women”.
The leader of the delegation, Mrs Glory Bassey had earlier called for the inclusion of women in application of the PIA’s three percent Host Communities Fund.
The group, she said, was founded in 2005 with a mission to promote transparency and accountability for consolidation of Nigeria’s democracy.
Bassey asked the DSP to lend his voice for the inclusion of women in the application of the PIA’s Host Communities Fund.
She lamented that gender inequality is one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of inequality, adding that about 153 countries have laws that promote gender discrimination.
“In tackling the problem and advocating for women’s economic inclusion in the Niger Delta with the Petroleum Industry Act as enabler, our organisation is embarking on a 30 percent campaign that focuses on ensuring female participation in extractive – resource – governance, making sure women participate strategically in local governing structures and extractive industry boards, community development committees, governing organs of petroleum companies, governmental entities, and communities’ trust funds, where decisions on resource allocations and management are to be made in consultations with other gatekeepers in the oil and and gas host communities in line with the Petroleum Industry Act”, she further said.