Nigeria’s Women in Mining said on Tuesday that it was a campaign to bring women and girls into the sector
fill the gender gap.
The national president of the association, Janet Adeyemi, stated this at the launch of the Girls for Mining Initiative in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
Adeyemi said the initiative is aimed at generating interest in the sector among girls to help them explore career paths and actively participate in mining legal activities.
He said: “There are limitless opportunities and possibilities in the mining sector. Around 70-80 per cent of everything we use every day is mined, from the ceramics in your home to the gold and metals in your mobile phone, the glass in your windscreens and light bulbs, and even the stainless steel in your wristwatches. and alloy too.So the mining industry can never be replaced or displaced.
“Today, Nigeria is dependent on crude oil as its main source of wealth. However, the world does not want more crude oil. Now they want solar power, hydropower and other non-oil energy sources.
“So right now, we are witnessing the gradual demise of the oil and gas sector in the world, and when it finally shuts down, Nigeria will be left with only two avenues of wealth creation: mining and agriculture. The mining sector in Nigeria will soon become what the oil and gas sector was in Nigeria. richer and more prosperous than
“The question is, when the sector finally takes the front seat, who will call the shots and milk the benefits? When I look at the statistics, of all the top miners in Nigeria today, only 6.8% are women, the remaining 94% are men.
“So women in the mining sector today are out of an ocean, and the few women in the sector are being left out of the game by gender-blind and misogynistic laws.”