The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) has called upon President Bola Tinubu to provide female engineers with the opportunity to repair the country’s non-functional refineries.
Mrs. Atinuke Owolabi, the newly-elected APWEN Lagos Chapter Chairman, made this plea during the organization’s public lecture and Annual General Meeting in Ikeja.
Atinuke Owolabi expressed her confidence that female engineers from various fields of expertise could rehabilitate the refineries within a year.
She stressed the importance of empowering local engineers for national development and highlighted the managerial capabilities inherent in women.
Atinuke Owolabi advocated for a reduction in reliance on foreign experts and the promotion of local engineering talent.
Furthermore, she pledged to support the mentorship and skill development of young engineers and to collaborate with NGOs on community development initiatives.
“All women engineers are ready to come together and see how we can offer 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, and we will make sure that the refineries would be put into operation by the grace of God,” she said.
The guest speaker, Mrs. Olayinka Abdul, discussed the imperative of female engineers in sustainable infrastructure, emphasizing the need for green alternatives due to rising fuel costs.
She noted Lagos’ investments in renewable energy and highlighted completed and ongoing projects across various sectors.