Surely the African saying is true, the most valuable trees do not last long in the forest ; because they are cut down for gain. By your death, heaven has gained but we have lost. The Engineering family has lost a legend. APWEN has lost an all-time supporter.
We recall your many sacrifices for APWEN:
• At the inception of APWEN in 1982, you were one of the few who believed and supported the birth of the Association. You never looked back since then.
• In 1989, once you took over the mantle of leadership at the NSE, you prevailed on Council and made APWEN an Extraordinary Division of the NSE , ensuring that APWEN retained the title of President for its leader.
• You dissolved the NSE Admissions Committee in Council, at the request of APWEN, so that the admission procedure could be favorable to the disenfranchised graduates of Engineering particularly the women.
• You encouraged the rotation of Council Meetings round the six geopolitical zones in the country to ensure adequate participation of all, especially the women.
• You ensured that every NSE committee had female members. We will also not forget that APWEN was given a pride of place in the Committees you chaired.
• You ensured that wherever NSE had the mandate to send Representatives in a Federal Board, females were included.
• You ensured that, in advocating for the upliftment of Engineers to occupy their rightful positions in Government, female engineers were not left out.
• As NSE President, you ensured that all NSE visitation to the Government included APWEN representatives. You gave APWEN visibility and encouraged APWEN to participate and show visibility in Nigeria and in other global Women Institutions.
• You helped APWEN to raise funds for operation and made accessible your numerous contacts for that purpose.
• At the 2017 APWEN Kanon Dabo Conference and AGM, you hosted us to a sumptuous lunch at your Kano residence. We call you father.
• You continued to mentor several APWEN members until your last breath, literally; as one of us said, even on the day of your burial.
APWEN is a bit comforted, however, that we seized the opportunity of honoring you in your lifetime. The foundation stone for the Ibrahim Khaleel Inuwa Science & Technology Laboratory, situated at Kofar Kudu Primary School, your primary school, within the Emir’s palace in Kano, donated by APWEN and sponsored by the NNPC now stands as a sweet memorial.
Your children, Amina and Hauwa whom you nurtured to become active APWEN members are also sweet memories of you.
The works that you have wrought and your legacy will continue to be with us.
Goodnight, Baba Hauwa.
Engr. Funmilola Ojelade, FNSE