Texaco Press Release - Texaco Supports Capacity-Building Workshop for Nigerian Non-Profit
FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2001
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."
NOTE TO EDITORS:
- 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
Inter African Council National Council of Women's Society (NCWS)
Mrs, Jane P. Alex,
Wetlands Women's Coordinator
Updated: May 2001