President Goodluck Jonathan
The Women in Oil (WIO) project was founded to fast track President Goodluck Jonathan’s 35 per cent affirmative policy of private sector leadership response.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Chairman of Project New Nation and creator of WIO initiative, Charles Dukwe, said the initiative will make life better for Nigerians, particularly women and the masses at the grass roots through the WIO’s innovative private sector ideas.
He said the project is neither an NGO nor a scam as being insinuated. “Women in Oil (WIO) draws its strength from President Goodluck Jonathan’s 35 per cent affirmative policy of private sector leadership and response”, he said.
He advised those criticising the initiative to do a thorough research on the WIO and assured that they would find out that the organisation has come with lots of goodwill for the President within the grass roots. “We have never presented this initiative as speaking for the President, but as a private sector response to his policy. We have brought more public awareness to the 35 per cent affirmative policy than all government efforts combined.”
Dukwe said WIO will leverage some of the N30bn per day oil and gas revenue to better the life of the neglected Nigerian women through synergies with technical partners in Canada to operate in 10 critical sectors of the oil and gas industry.
He also promised to launch five major empowerment projects in June. “We can make Nigeria a new place. How can you pay two years rent in advance and there won’t be crime? In US and other countries, it is one month rent/deposit.”
According to Dukwe, “as a little boy growing up in Nigeria, I always wondered why life here was so difficult for the average person. The answers came when I left for the US after my university. I realised that the reason for this was lack of innovative solutions from the private sector and our over-dependence-on-government to solve all our numerous problems,” he added.
I brought in so many innovative private sector ideas that can bridge the development divide between Nigeria and America.”
Dukwe said it took him eight and a half years to plan the innovative ideas which he believe would bring hope to those he says are the impoverished women across the nation.
He added that over 40,000 such women have registered for the project and called on more women to avail themselves of the opportunity. The New Nation CEO said in spite of all odds, his organisation would meet expectations of the women and other stakeholders.