The federal government yesterday passed the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) action plan on gender mainstreaming to combat energy poverty, inequality and non-integration in Nigeria.
Energy Minister Abubakar Aliyu, made the disclosure during a Workshops to validate the National Action Plan for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access with the topic of Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access, which was organized by the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in Abuja.
Represented by the State Secretary in the Ministry , William Alo, the Minister praised the Center for adopting the policy as a national strategy.
He said, “As a nation, we have made significant progress in developing the Nigerian National Action Plan for Gender Mainstreaming in Access turned into energy.
“The action plan will not only enable the country to meet regional requirements to remove the barrier to equal participation of men and women in energy access, but also Nigeria’s electricity vision 30:30:30 to align SDG goals 5 – gender equality, 7 – affordable energy and 13 – climate change. “< / p>
In her remarks, ECREEE program coordinator, Monica Maduekwe, indicated that the document would create a level playing field for both sexes in order to improve the sector in the search for universal energy access for the ECOWAS population.
She clarified: “The political objectives in removing the barriers that prevent women from getting the most out of the energy sector, since the industry is dominated by men in policy making.
” We seek to fill the gap by creating opportunities for women to participate in the industry either as decision makers, technical experts, or even in business as participants of the private sector. “