The new Executive President of the African Energy chamber for the CEMAC region, Mr. Leoncio Amada NZE during an interview with the Energy Chamber, addresses key topics including the inclusion of women in the energy industry.
Responding to the question; where does change need to begin for us to see more women in senior-level positions in Africa’s energy industry? He stated that a society that marginalizes half of its population cannot reach its full potential.
We can extrapolate the same analysis to the oil and gas industry. We believe and know that women have a lot to offer to our industry. There are talented women on the African continent, capable of holding positions of leadership and direction in the African oil industry. We have started to see a few women in management positions, but we believe that is not enough. We might need to have a local content policy based on women empowerment in the oil and gas sector. More can and should be done.
We men in the African oil industry are fathers of women, sons of women, and husbands of women. We would like our daughters and spouses to access leadership positions in any sector as long as they have the necessary skills and experience for such a position. Men have a responsibility to model this change.
Recall that the African Energy Chamber earlier this month, appointed Eng. Elizabeth Rogo, Founder & CEO of TSAVO Oilfield Services, as its President for the East African region.