By; VITALIS UGOH Calabar
The Rector of Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State, Dr Francisca Nwafulugo, has lauded the full participation of enrollment of women in engineering programmes across higher institutions in Nigeria.
Nwafulugo made the remarks while delivering a public lecture on ‘”Female Engineer and her Career” organised by the Calabar chapter of Association of Professional women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) in Calabar.
She stated that the percentage had increased from a paltry in the 1960s to a higher significant value in 2019 and commended women for taking up the challenge.
According to her, it is recorded that women enrollment in engineering programmes had increased by 77 per cent and against 63 per cent for male enrollment.
“The female engineers are creative in nature. We have so many ideas to bring up that will make the society a better place”.
“Few years ago, you hardly see women in the field of engineering. But, through campaign advocacy and sensitisation of the girl-child; we have moved up to secondary schools to catch them young, she added”.
“This initiative has encouraged and motivated many of them to study engineering. Today, I am happy to be a chemical engineer and a Rector of Federal Polytechnic, she said”.
Speaking, Engr. Adebisi Osim, Chairman of APWEN, Calabar Chapter, said the mission of the Association was to stimulate women to achieve professional excellence as engineers and leaders.
Osim said that APWEN has the positive force of improving the quality of life and also encouraging female engineers to research into the field of engineering challenges facing the nation.
She said that APWEN has been visiting secondary schools to speak to the girls and others about the prospects of studying engineering adding that “APWEN in Cross River will take the engineering profession to a greater height for the benefits of the society”.
The President of APWEN, Engr. Felicia Agubata, encouraged young engineers and engineering students to explore new skills by developing innovative softwares for designs.
Agubata, who was represented at the occasion by Engr. Nnenna Igwegbe, said that such innovations will promote the profession and create jobs for young engineers.
The event was held at the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) with members of APWEN, Nigeria Society of Engineers and students of engineering of the university in attendance.