Women in Energy Network (WIEN) has scholarships to about 498 female students in Bille Kingdom, Rivers State to pursue their university education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
WIEN, an all-female group of women operating in the energy industry, gave out scholarships and science education packs to the students in the maiden edition of its Supernova Girl initiative designed to groom young women for roles in the energy and industrial sectors.
The Supernova Girl scholarship programme and science fair, which was taken deep into the riverine Bille Kingdom provided forum for WIEN to interact with all critical stakeholders in shaping girl-child education; including traditional rulers, parents, school administrators, teachers and political leaders from Rivers State.
President of WIEN, Mrs. Funmi Ogbue, said the Bille Supernova Girl Scholarship Programme and Science Fair was conceived to be a special intervention to ignite passion in young girls “and showcase the socio-economic value and application of STEM in our everyday life.”
“WIEN is confident that early contact with group will indeed spark the desire and ambition of the girl child to take a study path that will get them ready for career in the industrial sector”, she expressed. In addition to encouraging the education of rural girls in the country the Supernova Girl initiative is also intended to stimulate the thrill and zeal for innovative thinking.”
“The goal is to stimulate our children’s innate capacity and inclination to desire science education as part of our overall plan to accelerate the movement towards full optimisation of female talents in the country,” she stated.
Ogbue said that WIEN’s role was to mentor, point the way forward and partner the future champions to midwife their careers by way of providing learning aids, seminars, scholarships at some points and inspiration.
Cornelius Herbert, the Amayanabo of Bille Kingdom, noted that Bille was the first in the country to benefit from the Supernova Girl initiative.
He expressed appreciation of his kingdom to the women in energy for bringing such a laudable initiative to the community. “We made several appeals to the oil and gas multinationals to come and do this for us, and severally they ignored us. But now, we are getting it on a platter without having to struggle for it”, he added.
The keynote speaker, Adokiye Tombomieye, said the prevailing socio-economic situation in the post- pandemic world required that the people of female gender be given the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the recovery and growth process along with their male counterparts.
He expressed the confidence that the objectives of the project would be realised for the good of the Bille kingdom and Nigeria in general.
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