The Association of Professional Women in Engineering (APWEN), Ota Chapter, domiciled in Covenant University, has encouraged mothers and parents, in general, to allow their female children to embrace the engineering profession. Taking up engineering helps them to play vital roles in the development of their immediate environment and the nation at large.
This piece of advice was handed down on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, by the Acting Chairman of APWEN, Ota, Engr. Imhade Okokpujie, at an event, to commemorate the 2020 edition of the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). The event, held at the Health Centre in Iju, one of the communities around Covenant University in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Ogun State, had in attendance women in Iju and its immediate environment.
While speaking on the theme of the event, ‘Role of Women in Shaping the World’, Engr. Okokpujie, a faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, urged the women to let their female wards have access to education, to motivate them to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. STEM education, she noted, had the potential of making them critical thinkers, increase their science literacy, and enable the next generation of innovators.
The conveners of the event promptly addressed posers raised by some of the participants following the presentation.
The APWEN, Ota Chapter, appreciated the Management of Covenant University for its support and the Midwife in charge of the Iju Health Centre, Mrs Adeyemi Mojisola, and Mrs Akinpelu Esther Omolara, for their excellent reception towards the event. Also appreciated were the President, APWEN, Engr. Funmilola Ojelade (FNSE) and SHEENGINEER Project Director, Engr. (Dr) Felicia Nnenna Agubata (FNSE, IPP) for driving the vision for a triumphant celebration of the international women in engineering day by all Chapters of APWEN across Nigeria.
Other APWEN members present at the occasion were the Technical Secretary, APWEN Ota, Engr. (Dr) Olufunmilayo Joseph; Engr. (Dr) K. B. Orudo, Engr. (Dr) Angela Mamudu, Engr. Abraham Damilola Victoria, Engr. Elizabeth O. Amuta, and Engr. Omameji Loveth.
The International Women in Engineering Day, now in its seventh year, is an international awareness campaign which raises the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the fantastic career opportunities available to girls in the exciting industry. The theme for this year’s event was #ShapeTheWorld.