To ensure sustainable growth in industries and the economy, there is a need for administrators and policy makers, to take seriously, mentorship of upcoming engineers to a professional level.
This is the position of the President, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, APWEN, Mrs Funmilola Ojelade at a news briefing and virtual meeting in Lagos to kick start a four-day conference of the Association.
According to the APWEN president, mentoring of young engineers was necessary for this period when everyone was adjusting to the new normal, occasioned by the current global health challenges.
Mrs Ojelade noted that the COVID-19 had redefined the way things were done especially in Engineering education which required that students carry out physical activities in laboratories and workshops.
“We have realised that the Pandemic has given us opportunity to learn a way to have hybrid events, that even when we are gathering, we can have people join us online and participate.
“This is the first virtual event for any engineering body in Nigeria, with some members joining online and others in the hall.”
She added that the virtual Conference would witness lectures by leading engineers from both the industry and the Academia from Nigeria and abroad.
In his remarks, President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Babagana Mohammed, commended the commitment of APWEN to the development of the Engineering society and promotion of an increase in knowledge.
The NSE president who was represented by Mr. Ayo fanimokun stated that the event was timely, especially in the face of the evolution currently witnessed globally.
“We commend APWEN because they have continually promoted Engineering career, among our school girls. The robust partnerships to mentor our women is highly appreciated. I am highly elated that APWEN has continued to promote the ideals of the society”
The Chairman, Nigeria Society of Engineers, Victoria Island branch, John Audu, believed the gathering would help bridge the gap between the academia and the reality of the industry.
He expressed the hope that the upcoming female Engineers would help take the profession a step forward, help the continent catch up with the rest of the world, using home grown solutions.
The conference with the theme: “THE DYNAMICS OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT” will also witness the inauguration of its flagship program, called Town & Gown Mentoring capacity development for young female Engineers.
Segun Haastrup/ Lagos