Since Beijing conference, women across the world have been venturing into the fields hitherto seen as exclusively for men and distinguishing themselves. They have also been taking their destiny in their hands by ensuring they excel at whatever they undertake and earn their deserved accolades.
That they have to combine the three “jobs” (family, career and community works) in one to achieve this also make it more challenging for many of them. Added to this is the fact that many companies are slow at integrating women friendly work cultures while some do not bother at all, making the women climb to the top a little harder.
But in the midst of these, many companies have been supporting women’s aspiration; and through them, these women professionals are beginning to break the glass ceiling and contributing to the community and their respective profession while also holding forth at home.
It is this light that we are impressed by the new entrant into the “Club”- Ove Arup and Partners Nigeria when it appointed its first female executive board member in its over 50 years of our existence and operation in Nigeria.
The person is no other than a product of Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, APWEN leadership chain, Engr Nimot Muili, a former Chair of APWEN Lagos Chapter. Ever since it formation in 80s by a group led by Engr Johanna Olu Maduka, (the first registered female engineer in Nigeria) APWEN has consistently produce women leaders who have and are still distinguishing themselves in their respective fields.
Nimotalai Adebukola Muili, fondly called “Nimot” by her peers, is a registered engineer with over 15 years of experience in civil and structural engineering design and supervision. She joined the Arup Lagos practice as a Project Engineer on January 05, 2009 and has steadily rose through the ladder to become a member of the Executive Board Member (EBM) of the firm as an Associate and thus the first female in that capacity in over 50 years of its operation in Nigeria.
She has worked on many exciting multidisciplinary engineering projects including urban renewal, city planning and resilience, and has cut her teeth in these terrain, thereby expanding her horizons in the process, within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
Her experience includes over 6 years of specialized performance-based road delivery project in Liberia and on scheduled supervisory role in Ghana.
Nimot is one of the Arup champions for sustainable project design and implementation. She has undertaken assignments involving waste management and energy recovery from waste as a means of turning waste from an environmental problem to a valuable carbon neutral resource.
She has vast working experience in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and remains a strong advocate of bridging the gender gap in the STEM field.She leads the Arup ASPIRE Sustainability tool application for the evaluation of project viability and impact assessment. She is the Arup Lagos Office Champion for “Our Vision of the UN SDGs”.
Nimot holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (Structures Option) both from the prestigious University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has also undertaken short (online)courses in Quality Management, Workplace Safety and Health, Contract Management, SMART Cities Development and Internet of Things (IoT).
She is also a Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB) ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) Management System Lead Auditor.
She is member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Society for Women Engineers (SWE), United States, Association of Professional Women in Engineering (APWEN). and registered with Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). Nimot served as Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of APWEN between 2013 -2015, and also National APWEN Committee Member – “Invent it, Build It” geared towards encouraging girls in secondary schools towards STEM career, APWEN BES – “Build it Challenge” for Collegiate among other groups outside the shores of Nigeria.
She also served the present Ogun State Government under the Transmission Committee, Physical Infrastructure Group.
She is presently an examiner for the corporate examination for the Civil Engineering Division of the NSE and a member of NSE Infrastructure Score Card Committee.
Ove Arup, the company founder,, started an Arup practice in London in 1946. With Ove’s pioneering spirit and the hard work of dedicated partners and staff, the one practice grew into many as additional practices joined the Arup fold. One of those practices developed into the global entity we know today as Arup Group.
Arup Nigeria (Ove Arup & Partners Nigeria Ltd) is an international firm of professional engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering innovation in everything about engineering contract across the globe. Pioneered by renowned Nigerian Structural Engineer, Engr Adekunle Adebajo, who was once National Chairman of Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, Chairman Nigerian Society of Engineers and host of others, the company has executed various projects both in Nigeria and west African subregion.