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FG tasks female engineers on strategies for energy transition plan

By Cornelius Essen, Abuja
26 September 2022   |   4:09 am
The Federal Government has called for strategies for the implementation of the energy transition plan.

Representative of Gombe State Governor, Amb Edward Sarki (left); Executive Chairman, National Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Mohammed Haruna; Minister of Science Technology and Innovation Senator Adeleke Mamora; APWEN President, Elizabeth Etergho and Deputy President, Margret Oguntala at the association’s national conference in Abuja. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

The Federal Government has called for strategies for the implementation of the energy transition plan.

He said such blueprint would rescue the country from the present crisis in the sector; especially to enable women take their rightful positions and bring their ingenuity to bear in the national development plan.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, who stated this at the 2022 National Conference of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), said that one of the strategies would be to encourage young girls to go into the engineering profession.

Mamora explained that the energy transition plan should be based on the present reality, adding that over 18 million jobs will be created when the plan is implemented.

Also, APWEN President, Dr. Elisabeth Eterigho, commended the Federal Government for the initiative, saying that the association has seen its prospects and they would invest in energy project development.

Eterigho said: “We will be looking at individuals, particularly, engineers in organisations that can key into the sector plan to make the best of the investments in providing modern and sustainable energy in the country.

“APWEN is also inspiring of young girls into science and engineering professions to make them to become practicing female engineers, technologists and scientists, as well as towards increasing national technological developments,” she said.

She expressed optimism that new technologies through its ‘Tech4Mum’ initiative, ‘Technical Boot Camp for Girls,’ will increase the manpower, particularly, in the rural areas to enhance national productivity.

In a presentation, Osanyande Igiehon of Heirs Oil and Gas Limited said the association has what it takes to develop capacity that will make the female engineers to impact the energy sector, and other professions.

Igiehon also disclosed that there are scholarships and foreign grants wholly dedicated to women to make use of in the country and global levels, calling the APWEN to collaborate with relevant institutions, stakeholders and corporate organisations to actualise their goals.

Also, Stella Mina of State School I Bille in Rivers State told The Guardian that the conference was an eye opener, saying, “as we go back, we will work assiduously to ensure that female students are encouraged to study science subjects.”