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Centre LSD launches “Build grant project” to integrate gender in extractive industry

Bukola Afeni

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, has launched the “Build grant” project,  meant to integrate gender in the extractive sector.

The Executive director of Centre LSD, Mr Monday Ossasah, while speaking at the launching, said women are usually excluded in the extractive industries.
He said the program is gender-sensitive and accommodate women to be fully involved in the extractive industry.
“We want to make women participate in the project because we noticed from the implementation that women are usually sidelined. The land that is taken for extractive activities is those that belong to the women folks.
In the aspect of the community development agreement, women are usually not included. The grant came to deepen and support our activities in the extractive industries”.
” The grant is also programmatic because we have started working in the extractive industry before now, we are implementing a project called Strengthening Civic Engagement and Advocacy for Effective Natural resource Governance in Nigeria project.
We started the  implementation in 2016, but our focus on that project was to  mobilise citizens to participate in the governance of natural resources, and the project was focused on three geopolitical zones Ebonyi in SouthEast, Taraba in NorthEast, and Ekiti in the Southwest.”
In addition, he said the grant is meant to look deeper into an extractive discussion, in terms of looking at it from the lens of gender so that no one will be left behind.
“This project essentially brings some form of equilibration to the representation that we currently have, so that everybody will take ownership of whatever that is happening in their domain particularly for mineral-bearing communities”.
The Program Director of Centre LSD, Victoria Udoh, said Nigerian women face systemic discrimination in all phases of the extractive industry.
According to her, the centre is commissioning research on the forms and prevalences of gender-based violence in the extractive industry.
“The research will lay the basis for advocating for women’s inclusion and participation in the governance of natural resources in Nigeria. The project is in two folds, which are; Institutional strengthening interventions and Programmatic interventions.”
She added that some of the mid-term outcomes that are envisaged include; Availability of quality data on the forms and prevalence of gender-based violence in the extractive sector in Nigeria.
Other outcomes include; improved implementation of policies that prevent gender-based violence in the extractive sector. Improved organizational capacity to program against inequality and GBV in the extractive sector.
According to her, Centre LSD will create a platform for regular interaction amongst stakeholders on different policy issues regarding the extractives industry.
“The dialogue will not only concentrate on the diagnosis of the policy problems but will offer suggestions and solutions to the policy problems that will address and eliminate all forms of gender-based violence in the extractive sector in Nigeria”.
Akin Oke, a  researcher on the project disclosed that during the duration of the project, research will be done to proffer solutions and recommendations to issues facing women and girls in the extractive sector.
He noted that the result of the research will be out in a couple of weeks.
” We will look out on how communities respond to Gender-Based violence. It will also prefer solution on how the government will earnest the result of   women and girls
working in the extractive sector”.

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