Masade-Olowola recognised for contributions to mining, geosciences
Communications entrepreneur and Chief Executive of CSR-in-Action Group, Bekeme Masade-Olowola, has won the award of ‘Women’s Role Model in Mining and Geosciences’.
The award was in recognition of the most exceptional, inspirational women with significant contributions to the mining and geoscience industry.
Similarly, her non-profit organisation, CSR-in-Action Advocacy, received the award of the ‘Best Performing NGO in Mining and Geosciences’, which honours any non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has committed its activities to solicit for, educate, and create awareness for solutions to challenges within the industry.
The awards emerged from the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences (NIMG) at this year’s public lecture, investiture and awards, in Abuja with the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, as chief host.
In his lecture, themed ‘Peace and Security: A Catalyst to Mineral Exploration and Investment in Nigeria’, keynote speaker, Prof. Olugbenga Okunola, encouraged the mining and geosciences sector to contribute towards reducing poverty by harnessing all her resources and opening job opportunities to the skilled youth in the country.
According to him, the industry currently accounts for about 0.33 per cent of national employment, 0.02 per cent of exports and about N400b of Nigeria’s GDP (about 0.3 per cent), a significant decline from the early 1980s.
He said the figure was relatively low, given the comparative contribution of minerals and mining to the economies of other African countries.