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What You need to know about Atinuke Owolabi-Agbaje, the new chairman of APWEN Lagos

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The managing Director, of Wurvicat International Limited, Engr (Dr) Wuraola Atinuke Owolabi-Agbaje was elected as new chairman of  Association of Professional women Engineers of Nigeria, APWEN Lagos on Saturday 19 2023 in Lagos, writes,Isqil Najim.

Owolabi-Agbade succeeded Engr Monsurat Alagbe, an Assistant Director at Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, who served her tenures successfully and left legacies in its wake. Engr Bosede Oyekunle emerged as the Vice chairman. She is a Senior Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineer at Woley Parson.

Accepting the mantle of Leadership, Engr Owolabi commended the outgoing Chairman, Engr Monsurah Alagbe for her exceptional leadership and commitment. She thanked members who she described as “remarkable community of resilient, talented innovators and engineers” for the trust reposed in her.  She sought united among all to enable her and term team deliver.

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“As my team and I embark on this new chapter, I commit to being a voice for all female engineers in our state – the centre of excellence, setting the pace for others. I will advocate for equality of opportunities by empowering each member, and cultivate a nurturing and inclusive atmosphere for aspiring engineers.” She said.

“Engineers are adept problem solvers; we are poised to offer solutions and contribute to the nation’s progress. We are committed to remaining and rectifying the challenges facing our country. Let’s embrace this unique responsibility with passion and sense of unity, as we build a brighter future for women in engineering in Lagos State.” She concluded.

As my team and I embark on this new chapter, I commit to being a voice for all female engineers in our state – the centre of excellence, setting the pace for others.

Who is Atinuke Wuraola Owolabi Agbaje?

ENGR. (Dr) Atinuke Wuraola Owolabi, (Nee-Agbaje) is the Managing Director/CEO of Wurvicat International Limited; an indigenous company in Engineering, Procurement and Construction also specializing in supplies of a wide range of Electrical distribution materials, Project Management and other related Engineering services.

Owolabi holds a B.Eng. (Hons) Electrical Engineering from University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria and a Masters in Engineering and Management at Coventry University, United Kingdom. She also holds an Honorary Award of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering and Technological Development, Honaris Causa, by European – American University, Commonwealth of Dominica Africa Operations.

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Prior to setting up of her company, Owolabi garnered work experience within and outside Nigeria. She worked with Shoreline Power, a subsidiary of ABB Electrical systems for about two years and later joined Schneider Electric. While at Schneider Electric, she outstandingly contributed to the growth and profitability of the company. With her bold and passionate enthusiasm, she made the low and medium voltage portfolio of Schneider Electric a high-ranking brand within the Power Sector.

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Atinuke has passion for community development with special focus on poverty alleviation among the down trodden and the less privileged and human capacity building among young people . This passion propelled her to found Non Governmental Organisations, NGOs through which she diligently and consistently give back to the cross-section of the society. They are: Touch of Love and Lifting Hands Foundation which focuses on provision of comfort and relief for widows and senior citizens; Wurvicat Solar Foundation, which focuses on creating job opportunities for youth through a series of free training programmes in Solar and renewable energy; and Engr. Wuraola Atinuke Owolabi Capacity Building Initiative (WAAO CBI), which focuses on capacity building especially among young people through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEM (A) initiatives.

Atinuke is an astute politician and a Progressive. She is the Convener of Coalition of Professional Women in Politics and President of APC Professional Women Network. She was appointed as the Director of Professional Women Directorate, TinubuShettima/ SanwooluHamzat Independent Campaign Council during 2023 general election. Member- TinubuShettima Presidential Campaign Council, Women wing, Member of Directorate CSO and NGOs – Babajide Sanwoolu Campaign Organisation, Lagos State,2019, and many more.  Owolabi was also an APC Chairmanship Aspirant from Ifako-Ijaiye local government, Lagos State before she was asked to step down due to Party Supremacy.

She is a registered Engineer with Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, She is a Fellow, The Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE), Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Member – Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, (APWEN), Member – National Council of Women’s Societies, Nigeria (NCWS), Member, Sustainable Development Standing Committee of National Council of Women’s Societies, Nigeria, Member – Society for Women Engineers, SWE (Chicago) USA.

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As an Engineer, she has served the engineering community in various capacity. Among them are: Technical Secretary at the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch, National Executive Committee (Head, Membership & Public Relations) – The Nigerian Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (NIEEE), Resource Person to the COREN accreditation visits to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ibogun compus, Ogun state, Vice Chairman, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter, 2021-2023, Financial Secretary, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter, 2019-2021.

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In services, she was appointed as an inspector by COREN for UBEC Match Grant Intervention Projects in 36 States and FCT; Member-Innovation and Technopreneur of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Member of Government and Industry Relation Committee of the Nigerian Society of Engineers ( NSE) and many more.

She has won several awards on Social, Political and Professional Impacts and has presented papers in many fora.

Some of the awards and recognitions she has won are: 100 Influential Women Professionals in Construction and Engineering Industry from Construction and Engineering Digest (CED) Magazine, Meritorious Service Award from The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, Excellence Performance Award from Ifako Ijaiye Personality Awards as Charitable Personality of the Year, Humanitarian Ambassador of the year from Buzz New International, Special Recognition Award for an Outstanding Service from The Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Nelson Mandela Leadership Award of Excellence and Integrity- Distinguished Nigerian Youth Icon of Hope, from Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN) to mention but few..

She is well travelled and has attended many international executive conferences and seminars both in Nigeria and across America, Europe and Middle East. She enjoys playing golf and is a member of the Ikeja Golf club. She is happily married with lovely children.

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Profile of Engr. Abosede Oyekunle, Vice Chairman APWEN Lagos

Engr Bosede Oyekunle works as Senior Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineer. An Electrical Engineer, aside her roles as Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineer, which she she joined the business as an electrical engineering graduate in 2006, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of Worley’s sustainability causes. She has since immersed herself into Worley’s efforts to attract young women into the industry by participating in various STEM engagement activities.

Oyekunle believes that “Engineering is still a male dominated space. But it won’t stay that way for long. Through the work we’re doing I feel I’m making an important contribution. I want to inspire more young women to learn about STEM and to lean in to the opportunities available to them. Because I’ve seen the benefits and how a career in engineering has shaped me, personally and professionally.

Other members of the new executive of Lagos Chapter are Engr. Ayodolapo M. Bello, General Secretary; Engr. Suwebat Oriyomi Abubakar – Assistant General Secretary; Engr. Omolola Adetona, Technical Secretary; Engr. Lilian Uzodiagu – Assistant Technical Secretary; Engr. Oluwashina Adebayo, – Financial Secretary; Engr. Fatimoh Opeloyeru – Treasurer; Engr. Zansi Adebowale – Publicity Secretary; Engr. Nnazor Onyekachi Eucharia – Assistant Publicity Secretary; Engr. Rita Mekwuyen- Internal Audit; Engr. Monsurah Abimbola Alagbe – Immediate Past Chairman; Engr. Stella John Taiwo – Ex-Officio 1; and Engr. Oluwafunmike Oluwasolu- Ex-Officio 2.

APWEN, an acronym for The Association of Professional Women Engineer of Nigeria APWEN was formed by a handful of women engineers led by Engr. (Mrs.) Joana Olu Maduka in 1982. The Association’s goal was to press the right of women in engineering to practice and enjoy professional fulfilment as their male counterparts. Before APWEN was founded, women are regularly overlooked and relegated to background even when they are qualified. The Association has since spread across the country.

 

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