Abuja - The Managing Director of Niger Delta
Development Commission (NDDC), Ibim Semenitari, has urged girls to make the
most of the opportunity the organisation has presented them to bridge the
gender divide in the Engineering, Mathematics And Sciences (GEMS) field.
Semenitari, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the
organisation, was addressing the grand finale of the GEMS Programme, in Port
She said recent statistics suggest that over 90 percent of
emerging job opportunities are in STEM-related careers.
“Unfortunately, only a mere 14 percent of women globally
eventually find themselves in STEM-related careers. This situation is even more
worrisome for us in Nigeria,” she said.
“While statistics from National Bureau of Statistics show
there are 102 men for every 100 women in Nigeria, this gender parity in the
population is not reflected in the enrolment figures at primary, secondary and
tertiary levels of education.”
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Above all, despite the gender parity in Nigeria’s
population, women are not enough in, nor duly prepared for STEM-related
“This is why the NDDC has chosen to support the Girls in
Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS).
The GEMS finalists were selected from a rigorous elimination
process that began with 2 880 girls from the nine NDDC mandate states.
From this first screening test 1 110 girls were selected.
Some 270 were selected at 30 girls per state.
They progressed to the state finals, where 11 girls
qualified from each state, leading to the regional finals, where 11 girls were
selected from each of the three regions.
Ten would be selected for recognition, while the top five
will receive awards, prizes and scholarships.
- CAJ News