Mal Abbas Masanawa becomes the Grand Patron of APWEN Katsina; Katsina is fourth Chapter in Northern Nigeria and 35th Chapter in Nigeria
The Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc, Mallam Abbas Umar Masanawa, has tasked the policy makers on the need to invest in people in STEM Career, particularly the women, if we are serious about national development. He made this call during the inauguration of the katsina Chapter of APWEN as the 35th Chapter of the Association of professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, APWEN where he spoke on “The Role of Women in STEM Careers in national development”
Recalling that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, collectively known as STEM, are the four key strands of research and industry that are critical to technological development in any nation, he pointed out that there is no “way we can talk of the development of a nation without the contributions of people in STEM careers.”
Citing some statistic from UNESCO , which shows that women occupy only 12% of the global engineering workforce, 30% of sub-saharan tech workforce, 6% of top 100 tech companies have women as Chief Executive Officers, Mallam Masanawa, expressed concern at the fact that women are under-represented in STEM career.
According to him, when this is added to the increasing numbers of the future jobs expected to require skills in Information and Communication Technology, and nearly half of the population underrepresented in the STEM space, a stage is set for a large section of available talents to be left untapped. He therefore noted that “Increasing the representation of women and girls in STEM is not only a national imperative but a global one that must be vigorously pursued.”
Meanwhile. Katsina Chapter Inaugurated as APWEN 35th Chapter…
APWEN marked another milestone as it inaugurated a New Chapter in Katsina, northern Nigeria.. It also unveiled the first executive of the Chapter at the same event.
Presence at the even is the Katsina Branch of NSE Chairan, Engr. Lawal Salisu, MNSE,who was also the Father of the Day. Others are Mal Abbas Umar Masanawa MD/CEO Nigerian Security Printing & Minting, who was the guest speaker at the eveng. The SA to the Governor on Girl-Child Education and Child Development, Mrs. Amina Lawal Dauda, The APWEN North-West Zonal Administrator, Engr. Dr. Binta Usman, the APWEN President Engr Funmilola Ojelade and hosts of others.
In her welcome address, Engr Funmilola Ojelade said since it founding by six courageous women, 37 years ago, APWEN has grown to active membership of over 3000, with Chapters in 34 cities and Collegiate in 16 campuses in all six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Katsina Chapter is the 35th Chapter. It is also the 4th Chapter in North-west Nigeria to join Zaria, Kaduna, and Kano Chapters.
She announced the plan to hold an Invent It, Build It Science competition and the award of Abbas Umar Masanawa Scholarship for Girls in STEM in the state. While the Association will be presenting cheques to the Invent It, Build It scholarship recipients in Maiduguri later in the year. She added that Kano beneficiaries have been duly awarded.
Ojelade showered encomium on the Chairman of katsina Branch of NSE, Engr. Lawal Salisu for his roles in ensuring that female engineers in the state are brought together under APWEN family . She said that Engr Lawal has been pivotal in leadership and mentoring of the new chapter to ensure they not only align with Nigerian engineering ethic but also achieve their mandate.
In her acceptance speech the new chairman of the chapter Engr. Aisha Mukhtar Lawal thanked the President and Mallam Abbas Umar Masanawa, MD/CEO Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc. She used the opportunity to reiterate her readiness to pursue avenues that would exalt engineering profession and dignify its members. She also pledged that the Chapter will work with the leadership of NSE and gives it the pride and respect it deserves.
The event also witnessed the conferment of Award of Grand Patron of the Chapter on Mallam Abbas Manasawa, while Engr. Salisu Lawal was conferred him with Awards of the Super Influencer Award while Mrs. Amina Lawal Dauda, the SA to Governor on Girl-Child Education and Child Development in Katsina State was honoured with Women Influencer Award. Mr. Adamu Mohammed received the Honour Code Award
The Chapter’s pioneer executive members are: Engr Aisha Mukhtar Lawal- Chairman, Khalifatu Isah – Vice chairman, Hauwa Adamu – General Secretary, – Amina Dabo – Technical Secretary, Aisha Musa – Financial Secretary, Farida Gambo – Treasurer and Firdausi Umar – Publicity Secretary