In the olden days, when women want to demonstrate their capability, they go to war. But nowadays, when women want to demonstrate their capability, they go to work and they do so well that their male counterparts commend them for job well done. This is no different in the engineering community where women have been coming out to perform to the delight of all; both in career and leadership positions. And this is not different with Engr Rose Madaki who just concluded her tenure as the first female chairman of NSE Victoria Island Branch.
Nothing justifies the accolades she received than the praises lavished at her by the new chairman, Engr John Audu during his acceptance speech, when he said: “The branch that makes the difference” has been the watchword of successive chairmen as they diligently worked towards setting the branch apart from all the others, but there has been no period in the branch’s history during which more was achieved in this regard than the past two years under the leadership of Engr. Rose Madaki, FNSE. “
Founded in 2006, and tagged the “The Branch that make the difference”, Victoria Island Branch has since gone ahead to become one of the prides of NSE Branches in the country; and also the first to have Gender composition ratio of 3:1 in its executive. This happened under the tenure of Engr Rose Madaki.
In 2017, the Branch elected its first female chairman in the person of Rose Madaki and by August 29 2019, when she is leaving, she had become one of its most successful chairmen as she handed over to an equally capable and action oriented successor in person of Engr John Audu.
It is pertinent to note that Nigerian women engineers have been recording these milestones with active supports of their male colleagues and through the active participation of women in the Branch and division activities..
In the two years she reigned, Engr. (Mrs) Rose Madaki and her team, which includes Engr Emeka Ibe, Engr (Mrs) Omobolanle Giwa, Engr Isaac Igba, Major Danol Adeniyi, Engr James Babatunde, Engr. (Mrs) Bosede Oyekunle, Engr. Okharedia Taiwo, Engr Aji Agbu Ezekiel, Engr Christian Okwori, Engr Chijoke Omile, Engr. (Mrs) Gloria Akpan, Engr Aliyu Abdulraheem, Engr (Mrs) Funlola Ojelade and Engr Moyosore Abdulrasheed wreaked tremendous landmarks that will remain indelible in the anal of the noble branch and the entire society at large .
One of the high-point that distinguished the Branch is its surprising focus on empowerment and welfare of its members as well as its high impact community development projects, most especially in Education. It was also during this period the Branch organised a Job fair which drew thousands of participants and overstretched its logistic. The hall of National engineering centre overflowed with extra participants outside the venue.
In another grounding breaking event, the branch partnered Bank of Industry to run an intensive two weeks long training for spouses young members and those who had interest. This and many others which are too numerous mention are what made the branch talk of the town.
Some of the achievements under the outgoing leadership within the two years are listed below:
- The Branch organized Job fair for young Engineers and succeeded in getting a couple of them employed after the event. As a result of the success of the event, the branch partnered some companies like partnered with Total plc for job opportunity for members.
- The branch organized skill and vocational training for Engineers and Engineers spouses. The following areas were covered: solar panel installation, laptop/phone repairs, plumbing, soap/detergent/perfume/bleach /freshener making, for spouses its fascinator making, make over, gele tie , interior décor etc
- Subsequently, the branch collaborated with Bank of Industry for SME opportunity for interested members
- Another area which the branch made inroad into is its partnership with Nigerian Army Engineers for knowledge exchange. Indeed, this had resulted n huge breakthrough as testified by the past DG NICON, Maj. D. O. Ogunkale during the Business luncheon organized by the Branch recently.
- Creation of functional SSL secure website as well as the purchase and creation of customized emails for all executive committee ;
- Collaboration with Ornament Engineering to publish and launch ICT books for students around primary 1-6 approved by Lagos State Government;
- Donation of ICT books to two schools at Ibeju Lekki free of charge as community development initiative; With the support of a Chevron staff, the Branch sponsored and donate ICT books to three schools in Ogba and Maiduguri; Donation of school desks (chair and table) to some schools at Ibeju Lekki free of charge as community development. The branch also assisted in renovating damaged ones; Donation of computers to two schools at Ibeju Lekki free and many more.
- International industrial trips to Italy and Germany for knowledge exchange.
- In area of professional development, the branch organizes series of trainings including technical training on piping (twice) with facilitator from United Kingdom, UK.
- Assisting young engineers secure opportunity for Industrial placement. This is in addition to organizing welfare packages for branch members especially young engineers forum couple of times.
- And to top it, the branch now has a proposed land space for its own secretariat and is also registered as consulting outfit to major companies.
During her tenure, Engr Rose Madaki had the distinction of holding three chairmen posts thus nicknamed “The chairman of Chairmen”; chairman of Lagos Zone of NSE branches, which comprises five Branches within Lagos (becoming the first lady to hold the position) , chairman of all Branches of NSE nationwide and chairmanship of her Branch. And indeed, she provided such admirable leadership and won the trust and confidence of all.
Despite all the accolades, she remained her humble self and amiable personality, friendly with deep empathy to all and a perfect team worker, who is ready to stand up for others, when she reflected on her tenure, she declared in the word of Sir Isaac Newton ‘if I can see further than others, is because I stood on the shoulders of giant’ thus giving the credit to her team, the elders and corporate community.