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The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has presented scholarship awards to 21 female pupils of Misau, located in Bauchi State.

The award was part of APWEN’s ‘Invent It, Build It’ event, which is targeted at igniting passion for the engineering profession in young girls as well as showcasing the socio-economic value and application of engineering in everyday life.

The President of APWEN, Felicia Agubata, said out of the 21 pupils for the selected for the scholarship, 10 would continue to enjoy the scholarship from SS1 up to the university level, with the desire to study Engineering courses.

She said: “As part of our mission to promote the study of science by young girls to significantly increase the number of female students opting for Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), subjects leading to an interest in Engineering profession, Invent It, Build It, was birthed and NNPC is the execution partner.”

In his remark, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, commended APWEN for the diligence with which it carried out the initiative.

He said the scholarship being awarded the girls would encourage and motivate them in the study and pursuit of a career in the fields of STEM.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has commended the NNPC for its exemplary role in the advocacy of science and engineering-based education for the girl child through support for the activities of the APWEN.

President of NSE, Adekunle Mokuolu, stated this in Abuja, while receiving NNPC’s management led by Baru, to the headquarters of the society.

The NSE President disclosed that by identifying with APWEN in its quest to engender a sound foundation for female engineering professionals in the country, the Corporation was taking a step that would invariably illuminate the nation’s engineering and technological landscape a few years from now.

Baru said the visit was part of the corporation’s strategic stakeholder engagement with professional bodies with which the corporation shares common goals of championing Nigeria’s march towards strengthening professionalism, capacity development, local content and industrialization.

He noted that the NSE has over the years, continued to play a pivotal role in transforming engineering profession in Nigeria.


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