The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, APWEN, has asked President Bola Tinubu to offer female engineers a chance to repair the country’s moribund refineries.
The appeal was made by the chairperson of APWEN, Atinuke Owolabi, during the association’s public lecture and annual general meeting on Saturday in Lagos.
According to Owolabi, female engineers in Nigeria have what it takes to restore the refineries to full operation within a year.
She said, “All women engineers are ready to come together and see how we can proffer solutions, making sure that we revamp these refineries.
“So, we call on our president to challenge female engineers to revamp and rehabilitate these refineries, and I want to assure you that, within a year, just challenge us, we will make sure that the refineries would be put into operation by the grace of God.
“It is imperative that our homegrown engineers are empowered and granted the right opportunity to showcase our competence.”
Owolabi said Nigeria needs to reduce reliance on foreign experts and give opportunities to local engineers who are equally or more competent.
“I want to also implore our leaders, especially our president and governors, to empower indigenous engineers because we are very good,” she said.
“A country without engineers cannot develop. Together, we shall shatter barriers and triumph over challenges in reaffirmation of the fact that gender should never constrain one’s potential in any domain.”
Also speaking, chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Chinedu Anyaso, urged the federal government to consider fixing the refineries to avoid over-dependence on the new Dangote refinery.
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