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NASENI To raise number of female engineers in Nigeria over next 5 years

AS PICTT/NASENI Unveil Initiative supporting Female Engineers to succeed in Engineering and Technology-Based Enterprises

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The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, said the agency would double the number of female engineers in Nigeria over the next five years.

The EVC/CEO made this pledge today Friday at NASENI Headquarters, Abuja, during the official launch of “Developing Engineering Leaders Through Her” (DELT-Her), an event that also coincided with the global commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD).

Delt-Her, according to Mr. Halilu, is an initiative, a subset of the Delta-2 programme, floated to close the gender gap in engineering practice in the country, inspire the next generation of female engineers, provide financing support for new ideas and projects, translate them into viable businesses, and ultimately strengthen the entire engineering ecosystem.

Mr. Halilu said, “DELT-Her is what I call an opportunity platform,” through which girls and young women can pitch and present their exciting and groundbreaking engineering ideas for funding by NASENI through our collaboration with the Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology Transfer (PICTT).

Speaking further on the project, he said, DELT-Her “seeks to correct the imbalance in practice and enterprise development by focusing attention and funding on young women and, very importantly, creating and cultivating public awareness around the need to train and mentor more women into the engineering professions.

According to him, what this should ideally mean is that women should make up half of all professional spaces in the country, but, for now, this is far from reality. “The global average for female representation in engineering is 28 percent. In Nigeria, it is only five percent; only one in 20 Nigerian engineers is a woman. This awareness component of the work is one that we will take very seriously, working through schools and storytelling campaigns.

“We intend to, through DELT-HER, double the number of female engineers in Nigeria over the next five years. This will mean working extensively at the level of secondary education, which is where young girls make vital decisions regarding their choice of professional field,” he affirmed.

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman, PICTT, Dr. Mohammed Dahiru stated that “the Committee, through the continuous support of NASENI, is determined to fund innovative and commercially viable ideas in engineering and technology-oriented proposals by women. Therefore, today’s launch of the call for proposals from young women marks the beginning of a chain of events that is expected to lead to engineering start-up companies owned and run by women.”

In her key note address, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Margaret Aina Oguntala, said the DELT-HER initiative sought to address the challenges of practice by the female gender and unlock the full potential of women in engineering.

Other goodwill messages at the event included the chairman of the Senate Committee on NASENI, Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi, who pledged his support for women in the engineering and science sectors to ensure that they are given their rightful position in society.

Others who gave goodwill messages include the Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Citizenship and Leadership, Rinsola Abiola, and the Chairman, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), Engr. Mrs. Katume Giwa. The event was graced by students from Government Secondary School, Dasara, Kuje, Abuja.

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