The Association of Professional Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) has advised female students to study science courses to compete with their male counterparts in the engineering profession, noting that the country needs female engineers.
APWEN President Funmilola Ojelade, who stated this recently in Abuja, admitted that: ‘Engineering is a male-dominated profession,’ adding that: ‘We are very numbered. About 13 percent of the engineering workforce are women. And, if we are women, the only thing we can do is help other girls to be like us.
“At least we want to get to a point where we can have 50 percent men and 50 percent men who are engineers because half the population is women.
“So we can also have half the population being women, so we are focusing on women because we are women.”
The former president of APWEN, Dr. Felicia Nnena Agubata, revealed that more than 500 students would be trained in the 6 geopolitical zones in the area of science and technology.
‘Light the fire of science in girls. We want to make sure we have more women who are willing to study more science that will lead to a career in engineering.
“We want to have as many engineers in the next 10 to 15 years. Science is life and engineers solve problems. The more engineers we can produce, the more human problems will be solved.
‘We are going to train 200 teachers in the 6 geopolitical zones and organize workshops for 500 students throughout the country.
‘We are partnering with the Rural Academy of Engineering. Our partner in the UK is the University of Scotland. We have chosen 12 public schools in the FCT, ”he said.