Profile of Mayen Adetiba: The First Female Engineer in South-South, Nigeria

Background/Education

Mayen Modupeola Adetiba, born on the 17th of April, 1951 in Ilorin, lived in Lagos with both parents from Ibeno in Akwa Ibom State, is a Chartered Civil/Structural Engineer by profession and COREN registered. For her Secondary Education, Mayen attended Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls’ High School, Yaba (1964-1968). Mayen graduated with a B.Sc. from the Prestigious Columbia University School of Engineering, New York City and has a Master of Engineering Civil (MEC) from an equally prestigious Cornell University School of Engineering, Ithaca, New York, both Ivy League Universities in May 1975 and 1976 respectively.

SCHOLARSHIPS WON/HONOURS/ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Federal Government Post Graduate Scholarship
  • Old Cross Rivers State Post Graduate Scholarship (Did not use since I got it same time as that of the Federal Government)
  • First Female Graduate Engineer in the entire South South Zone of Nigeria – 1975
  • First Female President of The Association of Consulting Engineering – ACEN, thus becoming the First Female to preside over any of the engineering bodies 2006 – 2007
  • First Female President of Gama of Fidic, Africa Region body of the International Consulting Engineers – Fidic – 2008 – 2009
  • Co Captain of the Female National Netball Team in the late 1960s

Early career

Mayen, between 1969 and 1970, dabbled into journalism and broadcasting as a freelance artist. She was in the original cast of “The Village Headmaster”. Mayen modelled products for some of the topmost advertising agencies in Nigeria in 1969 – 1970 eg – Lintas and OBM. She also acted in the First Professional English Movie directed by Wole Soyinka, “KONGI’S HARVEST” in 1969

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER BODIES:

  • Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers – NSE
  • Registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria – COREN
  • Fellow Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria – APWEN
  • Association of Consulting Engineers – ACEN
  • Fellow Nigerian Institute of Management – NIM
  • Fellow Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineers – NISTRUCT-E
  • Fellow Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers – NICE
  • Member American Society of Civil Engineers – ASCE (invited to upgrade to FELLOWSHIP grade in 2001)
  • Member African Women Leader Think Tank – AWLTT
  • Member, Supervised Industrial Training Scheme in Engineering
  • SITSIE (COREN) – (1992 – 2000)
  • Registered with the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria – COREN
  • Fellow Federal Polytechnic Offa – Honoris Causa
  • Member Presidential Implementation Committee on Clean Development Mechanism

Engineering Career

Mayen is the Principal Partner of Delkem Associates, a Consulting Engineering outfit, and Chairman/Managing Director of Mayad Limited. She is currently a Fellow, and three times Past Vice President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. She is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management – NIM. Engr. Mrs. Mayen Adetiba is the Chartered Secretary-General of the Association of Professional Women Engineers in Nigeria – APWEN and indeed the First Female Engineer to be elected into the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. She is the First Female graduate Engineer from the entire South-South Zone of Nigeria. In November 1999, the Federal Polytechnic, Offa – at her Fifth Convocation conferred on her the Fellowship of the Federal Polytechnic of Offa for her immeasurable contributions to the establishment, growth, and development of Academic Excellence in Nigeria. In 1998, she was elected the Vice President of GAMA (Group of African Members Associations) – the association of Senior Consulting Engineers in the whole of the African region; thereby becoming the first woman ever to be elected into this position in any of the four regions (The Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa) that form FIDIC – the International body for Senior Consulting Engineers. Mayen is the President of the Ibeno Women’s Forum, whose goal is to empower women in the 27 Coastal Ibeno Villages, running from the Cross River to Rivers States. She is Past President – (2000 – 2005) of Zonta International Club of Lagos II. Zonta International, founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, is a philanthropic organization for executive women in business, with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. She has served as the First Female President of the Association of Consulting Engineering of Nigeria – ACEN.

ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANISATION EXPERIENCE:

  • Principal Partner, Delkem Associates – Consulting Engineers – 1984 to date
  • Chairman/Managing Director, Mayad Limited – 1986 to date
  • Social Secretary, Nigerian Student Union, New York State, USA – 1971 – 1972
  • Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Students Union, North & South America – 1971 – 1972
  • Council Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers – NSE – 1983 – 1997 & 2000-2001
  • Council Member, Association of Consulting Engineers, Nigeria – ACEN – 1988 – 1997 & 2003-2004
  • Member, Board of Directors, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd.
  • Benin (A Subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation – NNPC) – 1989 – 1994
  • National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Society of Engineers – NSE – 1985-1990 & 1996-1997
  • Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Soc. of Engineers – 1983 – 1984
  • Vice President, Nigerian Society of Engineers – 1997 – 1998
  • Vice President, Nigerian Society of Engineers – 2008 – 2009
  • First Female Vice Chairman – Group of African Members
  • Association – GAMA (for Senior Consulting Engineers in Africa) – 1998 – 1999
  • First Female Branch Vice-Chairman in NSE (Lagos Branch) – 1990 – 1992
  • Vice President Association of Consulting Engineers, Nigeria – ACEN – 2003 – 2004
  • Member of Presidential National Committee on Engineering
  • Infrastructure (Prepared Blue Print for Industrialization in Nigeria) – 1994
  • Member Presidential Probe Panel on Projects above 30M in Abuja – 1994
  • Member of the Comm. for the Establishment of the Akwa Ibom State
  • University of Science and Technology – 2001 – 2002
  • Director Emilia Erhart & Inter-City, Zonta International Club of Lagos II – 1987 – 1990
  • Director, UN & Int. Relations, Zonta Int’l Club of Lagos II – 1995 – 1996
  • Vice President, Zonta Int’l Club of Lagos II – 1997 – 1999
  • President, Zonta Int’l Club of Lagos II – 2000 – 2005
  • President, Ibeno Women Forum – IWF – 1998 to date

WORKING EXPERIENCE: in varied engineering firms

  • Structeng Associates (Civil Engineering Consultants) Yaba, Lagos, – 1976-1977
  • DHV Consultants ( Dutch Consulting Engineers) – 1978 – 1980
  • Ogunsola & Partners Consulting Engineers, (Offshoot of Adejumo Ogunsola & Partners) Lagos, – 1982 – 1983
  • Delkem Associates (Consulting Engineers), Lagos, – 1984 to date
  • Mayad Ltd. (Construction & Supplies) – 1986 to date

Service to Professional Bodies (NSE/COREN/ACEN)

  • Member of Council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers since early 1983 except for about 5 years
  • National Publicity Secretary of NSE – 1985 – 1990 & 1996 – 1997
  • First Female Vice Chairman of any of the NSE Branches then [Lagos Branch] 1990 – 1992
  • Vice President Nigerian Society of Engineers – NSE2000, 2001 & 2010
  • Vice President Association of Consulting Engineering, Nigeria ACEN – 2003 – 2004
  • President ACEN – 2006 – 2007
  • Member, Committee on Supervised Industrial Training Scheme in Nigeria – SITSIE- COREN

Awards

  • “Presidential Merit Award” five times, – 1989, 2000, 2001, 2015 & 2016
  • “Award of Excellence” from the NSE Students’ Chapter of the Obafemi Awolowo University, “Award of Excellence” from the Female Students of the YABA College of Technology,
  • “Award of Excellence” from the Ibeno Students Union,
  • “Merit Award of Excellence” from Electrical / Electronics / Computer Studies, Lagos State University Students Society
  • ECOWAS Merit Award
  • “Award of Excellence” from the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Eket Branch & Kano Branch
  • “Award of Excellence” from the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch
  • NSE Ile-Ife Branch Award of Excellence – 2009
  • FAIWA Eminent Women of the year 2004 – Federation of Akwa Ibom Women’s Association. Woman of the year 1999 by the American Biographic Institute Board of International Research. Matron of the University of Lagos Engineering Students Union.
  • “Award of Excellence” from Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls’ High School, Yaba, Lagos Old Girls Association
  • “Award of Excellence” from the State Government of Akwa Ibom (State Honour)
  • “Award of Excellence” from ThisDay Newspaper
  • “Distinguished Achievement Award”, Association of Professional Women Engineers – APWEN
  • “NSE Presidential Distinguish Achievement Award”, 50th Anniversary of NSE

Service to the Nation

Mayen has served the nation as a member, Board of Directors of such parastatals as:

  1. Nigerian Petroleum Development Company – NPDC, A subsidiary of NNPC 1988 – 1994
  2. Nigerian Telecommunication Limited – NITEL – 1990 – 1994
  3. Qua Steel Products Nigeria Limited in Akwa Ibom State – 1990 – 1994
  4. National Science & Technology Fund – NSTF – Federal Ministry of Science & Technology 1991-1992
  5. Member Presidential National Committee on Engineering Infrastructures – Prepared the Blue Print for Industrialization in Nigeria – 1994
  6. Presidential Probe Panel on Projects over N30M in Abuja – 1994
  7. Presidential Task Force Committee on Refineries – 2012
  8. Member of the Committee for the Establishment of the Akwa Ibom State University of Science and Technology – 2001 – 2002
  9. Member Nigerian National Science & Technology Fund – NSTF – Federal Ministry of Science & Technology
  10. Member of the Board of the Nigerian National Award for Professionals – Nigerian National Order of Merit – NNOM
  11. Chairman Roads & Bridges SURE-P Federal Ministry of Works – 2012 – 2014
  12. Member Presidential Implementation Committee on Clean Development Mechanism – PICCDM 2004 – 2006

She has executed more than 60 projects in different parts of the country (costs ranging from millions to billions) and conducted post contract supervision duties for several engineering projects.

Mentioned In:

  1. Newswatch – “Who’s Who”
  2. Top 500 Women in Nigeria (WHO IS WHO)
  3. Who is Who in Akwa Ibom State
  4. Marquis Who’s Who in Science & Engineering – New Providence, N. J., U.S. A.
  5. Women of the Year, American Biographic Institute Board of International Research
  6. Top 2000 Scientists – Cambridge United Kingdom
  7. Marquis Who’s Who in the World – New Providence, N.J., U.S.A.
  8. Pathfinder “WHO IS WHO IN BUSINESS”
  9. V.I.P. Biography Centre – WHO IS WHO – Men & Women of Distinction in Nigeria

Mayen has three lovely children – a daughter, Kemi Adetiba and two sons – Bamidele and Aderemi Adetiba, who have all grown to dwarf her. Mayen, an accomplished Chartered Engineer, is also a staunch long serving member of the Council of the Association of Consulting Engineering in Nigeria – ACEN and the Nigerian Society of Engineers – NSE.



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