The Energy Industry is known to be a male dominated industry hence there are very few women in there.
Considering the kind of work involved in this industry, many women do not consider venturing into this field.
To encourage many of such ladies, Energy Quest organized a special episode titled Women in Energy. This episode which showed last Sunday, featured three exceptional women who are breaking the glass ceiling and are making it in the Energy.
The interview begun with Florence Asibi Amoateng, HSE Manager for Rigworld.
She spoke about her educational background and her career journey with its many challenges.
She was born and bred in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region and moved to Accra for her Secondary education.
In her response to why she veered in Health and Safety, she said she begun growing passion for safety during her National Service hence went on to do undertake a post graduate diploma in Occupational Health and Safety at GIMPA.
“From the construction, the mining now I entered Energy, I thought it was time to relax but actually the battle started from there. It was just the beginning”, Florence said.
She is currently working as the Group Health and Safety Manager for Rigworld and doubles as a consultant for implementing a management system for Ghana National Petroleum Commission.
Florence each year takes up a course to improve upon her skill not concentrating on the certificate, but the knowledge acquired.
In her final words she said “I encourage young ladies that whatever you start, if you have the passion go for it. Don’t give up”.
In our second interview, we had a round table discussion at Cabin Hotel with Diana Osei-Antwi, an HR practitioner who successfully veered into Health and safety at Tema Tank Farm, and
Miriam Randolph-Akushie, a petroleum completion engineers at Halliburton. Diana Osei-Antwi a former HR practitioner with time begun to grow interest in safety hence registered for some
courses. Miriam on the other hand studied petroleum engineering and went straight into petroleum engineering sector in Ghana.
Both ladies did say the journey has been fulfilling though they met many challenges as it is a male dominated sector. Miriam is currently the founder of HerEnergy Africa, an organization that seeks to project women in the energy sector and in her last words to the ladies coming up, she said “be deliberate in your actions”.
Join us this Sunday on JoyNews for the next episode of Energy Quest where we talk about the Petroleum Local Content in Ghana from an investors point of view.
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