June 2019; a vibrant and humble man hosted a team of women engineers where an idea met preparation. At the end of the meeting both bodies agreed to embark on nationwide project to drive more girls to embrace science and technology as career of choice. The two bodies, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, APWEN code-named the project “Invent it, Build it”. The former was led by the late GMD of NNPC, Late Dr Maikanti k. Baru and the later by Engr Dr Felicia Agubata.
Few months after the historic meeting, APWEN and NNPC collaborated in what was one of the largest and most ambitious attempts to drive more girls to STEM career across the country. The series of events organised across the six (6) geopolitical zones in Nigeria led to establishment of Science and Laboratory centers in selected schools. The first foundation laying ceremony of such laboratories was in Misau, Bauchi State. Not only that, hundreds of outstanding girls in primary schools across six geopolitical zones were award scholarships while others were provided learning materials and more.
On April 1, 2022, all roads will lead to Misau, in Bauch State as APWEN and NNPC will commission one of the laboratoriws, named, the “late Dr Maikanti Baru Science and technology laboratory Misau”. The event will commence at 10 am and will hold at Sarki Ahmadu Central Primary School, Misau, BAuchi State.
Expected at the event, which will be chaired by the President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil, are Engr Ali A. Rabiu, President Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN; Mallam Mele Kyari, GMD/CEO NNPC, who is presenting the keynote address; Alhaji Babayo Shehu, ED, Finance & Account, NDPHC, Abuja, Special Guest of Honour; HRH Alhaji Ahmed Sulaiman,mni, Emir of Misau, Bauchi is Distinguished Guess of Honour.
Others are Engr Kashim Ali, immediate Past President of COREN, Prof. Mohammed Ajiya, President/CEO Digital Bridge Institute to mention but few.
The APWEN president, Engr Dr. Elizabeth Jumoke Eterogho is looking forward to host you to make the event a successful one.