08 June 2021 by Julian Osamoto.
About a 100 million naira Build Grant has been earmarked to support more women participation in the extractive industry for economic development.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the Executive Director of a Civil Society Organization African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Centre LSD, Mr Monday Osasah who received the grant from a Foreign donor explained that the aid would be used to implement programs that would address gender based violence amongst others.
Mr Osasah noted that the decision to support women in the extractive industry was due to the challenges faced by women and girls as a result of mining activities in the country.
Mr Osasah who explained that the 5 year Build grant project was in two phases, said the first phase being a 12 Month program had commenced since November 2020.
The Program Coordinator of the Centre, Ms Victoria Udoh highlighted some of the approaches introduced and the expectations for the project.
“Some of the activities are; Staff capacity strengthening, recruitment of staff, evaluation and monitoring”
“The Medium term outcomes are improved implementation of policies that prevents gender based violence in the extractive sector, improved resp pponse to issues affecting women and children in the extractive industry, capacity building for artisanal miners and host communities as well as quarterly town hall meeting with stakeholders”
The Consultant for the Research, Dr Akin Ike who said the project sought to identify causes of gender based violence, added that the program would also profer recommendations that would assist the government to harness potential of Women in the extractive industry.