Women from Kula Kingdom in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers, on Monday commended BelemaOil Producing Ltd (BPL), an indigenous firm, for commencing the process of empowering women in various businesses.
A retail trader, Mrs Fabia Eleki, told the Nigeria News Agency in Kula, Akuku-Toru LGA that what BelemaOil was doing had never happened since oil exploration began in the area.
Eleki said that if other oil companies operating in Kula territory had emulated BPL empowerment scheme, women in the locality would have been financially independent.
“We all came here for the verification of our nativity to qualify for the empowerment, and sincerely, I am impressed with the large turn-out.
“It shows that women are looking for opportunities like this to be involved in self-paid ventures, so, I thank BPL for initiating the empowerment scheme for women,’’ she said.
Mrs Omielam Charles, a hair stylist, said that she was excited to be invited for verification of women of the host communities.
Charles said that BPL’s decision to empower the deprived women from the kingdom was a right step in the right direction.
“I sincerely appreciate what BelemaOil is doing in Kula Kingdom, this is the first time an oil company operating in the area is willing and taken practical steps to empower women,’’ she said.
Mrs Blanche Eleki, Coordinator of the verification for BelemaOil Producing Ltd, said the empowerment scheme was to ensure women had something doing to meet their needs.
Eleki disclosed that the empowerment would be on stages and that all qualified women from Kula would benefit from the scheme.
“The verification is all about ensuring that the empowerment gets to the right people and see that nobody is denied the opportunity.
Another Coordinator, Mrs Inengiya Awara, commended BPL and described the verification that recorded large turnout as transparent.
“The essence of the empowerment is to see that women are able stand up to face their challenges without waiting for their husbands,’’ she said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that over 1,500 women from Kula Kingdom participated in the exercise.