The Nigeria Gas Marketing Company Limited (NGMC), a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), has called on women to take charge of the economy of the nation.
Speaking at the conclusion of a 3-week training in Lokoja on Friday, the Managing Director of NGMC, Barr. Justin Ezeala, admonished trainees to contribute positively to their families and community.
He said 40 women, drawn from its host communities in Kogi and Edo States, were trained in five different vocations; makeup artistry, tailoring and fashion design, catering and hairdressing.
Represented by Mr Darlington Samuel, the superintendent external relations, he said strategies for proper supervision of the trainees has been put in place to enable smooth take-off of their respective enterprise.
He urged trainees to up their game, utilize the skills acquired and make their businesses successful.
Ezeala explained that as a gas marketing company with a vision to support the economic growth of Nigeria, NGMC’s network of gas pipelines covers over 540 km with metering stations located in 6 states of the federation.
“Nonetheless, as an answerable and responsive company, we remain committed to developing a robust and sustainable relationship with our host communities.
“Their well-being is our outmost priority and forms part of our cooperate social responsibility thrust. This is why we have taken the initiative and find it needful to empower especially the women in these communities.
“We are investing heavily in women empowerment because of our belief that economically empowered women will go a long way in the stability of homes.
“On our part as a company, we shall continue to solicit for your co-operation and assistance in the maintenance of peace in order to support our business growth aspirations for the benefit of our people in this community and Nigerians generally,” he said.
He appreciated the traditional rulers, community leaders and the participants for their patience and understanding, stressing that it has further strengthened the existing cordial relationship with NGMC and its host communities.