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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Supports Capacity-Building Workshop for Nigerian Non-Profit


ABUJA, NIGERIA, May 17 - Texaco is this week supporting a capacity-building workshop in Abuja for Nigerian non-profit organisations, underlining its long-standing commitment to leadership development. Representatives from more than 15 non-profit organisations from throughout Nigeria are participating in the workshop that aims to strengthen leadership in the non-profit sector.

Participants in the programme receive formal management training through personal feedback sessions and interactive learning groups. Designed by New York-based Africa-America Institute (AAI), the three-day program is modelled on the Texaco Management Institute (TMI) - a successful initiative in the United States that has seen more than 175 non-profit leaders trained over the past six years. The Abuja workshop is being funded through a $125,000 grant from The Texaco Global Fund - the international philanthropic arm of Texaco Inc.

According to Roger Benedict, Assistant Managing Director of Texaco Overseas (Nig.) Petroleum Company Unlimited (TOPCON), the workshop has two-way benefits: "This programme provides an opportunity for non-profit leaders to enhance their own management skills through interactive seminars and by learning from each other's experiences. Meanwhile, as the role of non-profit organisations in Nigerian society continues to grow, Texaco gains a valuable insight into the non-profit sector, which hopefully will help us to work closer together in the future."

Adding his comments, Elye Pitts, The Africa-America Institute's Vice-President of Education, Technology and Business Development Programs, said: "This workshop is a perfect example of `collaborative advantage' - between business, education and non-profit organisations acting on the belief that the long-term health of their organisations is tied to the long-term health of the regions where they work."


  • A list of workshop participants is attached.
  • TMI is a direct service program of Texaco Inc. that provides leadership and management training to non-profit leaders.
  • AAI's mission is to promote enlightened engagement between Africa and America through education, training and dialogue.

Non-profit organisation capacity-building workshop participants

  • Tari Dadiowei, Gbaran
    Deep Oil Field Landlords Association (Yenagoa, Bayelsa State)
  • Mrs. Yenesom T. George
    Epie/Atissa Women Forum (Yenagoa, Bayelsa State)
  • MsIfieniya Festavera Lott
    Women in Nigeria
  • Dr. Bene Madunagu
    Girls' Power Initiative (Calabar, Cross River State)
  • Mr. Nengi James
    Bayelsa Youth Federation (Yenagoa, Bayelsa State)
  • Emem J. Okon
    Niger Delta Women for Justice
  • Mrs. Chibuzo Oriuwa
    Forward Africa (Owerri, Imo State)
  • Ms Simisola Sanni
    Junior Achievement of Nigeria (Lagos)
  • Ms. Emeni Osoko
    International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) (Port Harcourt, Cross River State)
  • Ms. Veronica Lott
    Women Light Foundation
  • Ebisan Essisi
    Texaco (Lagos)
  • Domtimi Egbeni,
    Inter African Council National Council of Women's Society (NCWS)
  • Mrs, Jane P. Alex,
    Wetlands Women's Coordinator
  • Ben Tantua,

Updated: May 2001