The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria
(APWEN) has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to give female engineers an
opportunity to fix the nation’s moribund refineries.
Atinuke Owolabi, chairperson of APWEN, made the call during
the association’s public lecture and annual general meeting on Saturday in
Owolabi said female engineers in Nigeria are capable of
restoring the refineries to full operation within a year.
“All women engineers are ready to come together and see how
we can proffer solutions, making sure that we revamp these refineries,” she
“So, we call on our
president to challenge female engineers to revamp and rehabilitate these refineries,
and I want to assure you that, within a year, just challenge us, we will make
sure that the refineries would be put into operation by the grace of God.
“It is imperative that our homegrown engineers are empowered
and granted the right opportunity to showcase our competence.”
Owolabi said Nigeria needs to reduce reliance on foreign
experts and give opportunities to local engineers who are equally or more
“I want to also
implore our leaders, especially our president and governors, to empower
indigenous engineers because we are very good,” she said.
“A country without engineers cannot develop. Together, we
shall shatter barriers and triumph over challenges in reaffirmation of the fact
that gender should never constrain one’s potential in any domain.”
Chinedu Anyaso, chairman of the Independent Petroleum
Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), had also called on the federal
government to consider fixing the refineries to avoid over-dependence on the
new Dangote refinery.
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