By Philip Nyam
The vice p resident(Africa) of Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment(GLOBE) International, Hon. Sam Onuigbo (PDP, Abia) has called for enhanced action towards increasing women’s participation in the renewable energy sector.
He said this will help address issues of climate change, while also empowering the women economically.
Onuigbo said this during his presentation on the topic “Measures to improve women’s engagement in the renewables sector”, at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)’s Legislators Forum during the 10th Assembly in Abu Dhabi.
The member, who represents Ikwuano/Umuahia north/south federal constituency of Abia State, noted that women are passionate and committed drivers for positive change in societies and as such should be engaged in the renewables sector through laws, strategies and deliberate policies to combat climate change in order to achieve green economy.
He called for the deployment of a combination of laws, actions and innovative approaches at the local and national levels to address gender inequality and guarantee women’s empowerment and access to finance and education.
The former Chairman of the House Committee on Climate Change pointed out that women have the incomparable ability to mobilize and motivate people to action and as such, “as key players in the renewable energy sector, will initiate and execute massive strides towards the attainment of the use of sustainable energy sources and the protection of the environment.”