It was an unforgettable and enriching experience as Nigeria Institution of Mechanical Engineers, National Student Forum in conjunction with Technology and Engineering Student Association, OAU Chapter organized All Engineers Ladies’ Summit 2019 tagged ‘’Engineering also a Woman’s Job” held on the 4th July at ICE conference center, Obafemi Awolowo Knowledge park.
The event attracted both the academic community and practicing engineers who came to inspired the next generation of engineers, particularly the women in engineering and give hope to the aspiration of excited engineers in training.
In his opening remarks, The NIMechE-NSF National President, Comrade Lawal Oluwaseun Richard said the contribution of women to the engineering industry cannot be underestimated. He said, “this program was instituted to inspire our own generation, especially ladies to pursue engineering beyond the classroom; and practice after graduation irrespective of their challenges.”
Comrade Lawal emphasized that they also aim at changing the mindset of people towards the misconceptions of women as being meant for the kitchen and pressuring them to quit their career for marriage or family.
The first guest speaker, Engr. Funmilade Akingbagbohun, the Chair of NSE Ikeja Branch, in her speech on Practices of women in engineering said; for anyone to study engineering, it means such person is intelligent and has a lot to offer in building our society.
She went on to encourage young female engineers to move out of the shadow of limitations and do away with the negative mindset of dwelling on what they can’t do in male dominated career. She said women are as capable as they set out their mind to be.
She further said that they’re all stakeholders in sustainable development and so there’s the need for them to play their part in helping solve identified problems facing our society.
In their separate remarks during the first panel session, Engr. Ifedayo and Professor A A Ashere spoke on the ”challenges of industrialization in Nigeria.” They stated that in providing solutions to questions raised on challenges facing engineering sectors, there is the need for consistency in government policies. Also, Engineers must not be passive in decision making process. They stressed the need for for effective leadership in Nigeria and appointing the right man for the right job.
In the second panel topic, “Balancing home and career,” Professor K. Taiwo and Engr. Aregbesola in their speeches stated that in having a successful career and a family, there is the need for the parties to ensure that they are compatible in value system in order to build a healthy home. They also emphasized the need for self-assessment through their mission and vision.
While speaking at the Event, the CEO Mulifelong Motor, Mrs Mulikat Fehintola Sanni encouraged young female engineers to be courageous in discharging their responsibilities in the industry and add value to themselves aside their school certificate. According to her, education without moral is like tea without sugar.
The program was graced by prominent personalities among whom are Engr Mrs Funmilade Akingbagbohun(NSE ikeja branch Chair), Mrs Mulikat Fehintola Sanni (CEO Mulifelong Motor),Engr Mrs Ifedayo Ayeni (Ife iron and steel limited),Miss Abisola Adeosun (Marketing Strategist at Connect Marketing),Professor Sola Aderonmu ( President Nigeria Computer Society ),Professor A.A Ashere, Engr Olufemi kupolati from Lafarge Nigeria Professor K.Taiwo, Engr Mrs Aregbesola, Deans,Head’s of department, Departmental lecturers, NIMechE National president Comrade Lawal Oluwaseun Richard, Tesa OAU chapter president Comrade Bankole Segun, NIMechE chapter presidents, Delegates from NIMechE Chapters and students.
Report by Adeyinka Ademola Abdulrasheed