Borno Government is to partner with Association of Professional Women Engineers in Nigeria (APWEN) in training young women to enhance empowerment and infrastructural development in the state.
This was made known over the weekend by Gov. Babagana Zulum through his Commissioner of Inter-Governmental Affairs and Special Duties, Hon Kabir Mohammed Wanori, at the investiture of Engr. Elizabeth Jumoke as the 17th President of APWEN which took place at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Zulum lauded the contribution of women engineers to nation building and described the emergence of Jumoke as a call to service.
“This occasion is apt, as the Engineering Profession is one of the most challenging profession in the world.
“This assertion brought to the fore the importance of the Engineering Profession in developmental perspective, most importantly in my home state, where critical infrastructures were badly destroyed by the lingering challenges occasioned by the 12 years Boko Haram Insurgency and the need to develop the state in all its ramifications in view of our resettlement drive.
“It is quite pertinent to confess that the practice of Engineering profession must therefore catch up with the changing technology.
“I am proud to note that the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE have since aligned themselves to the globally accepted technological advancement.
“Let me say without iota of doubt, that I am indeed very happy to see the girl-child or women excelling in their chosen carriers. I therefore strongly believe that women shall be supported educationally and otherwise, because they are the backbone of every society.
“In realization of this fact, Borno State Government under my able leadership placed high premium on girl-child education. We have sponsored many girls to study professional courses abroad, precisely in Sudan, Greece and India.
“We have also sponsored appreciative number of science based teachers to India for further training and retraining to jumpstart the science courses in our post primary schools. In addition, the massive recruitment of science based teachers and complete overhaul of the sector,” Zulum added.
In her remarks, the newly inaugurated APWEN President, Engr.Jumoke who expressed gratitude to God for her emergence, promised to carry everyone alone.
Jumoke who lauded the sustain support of Borno government to engineering profession urged Zulum to support support the association with an 18-seater bus to address its problem of mobility.
Earlier in his goodwill message, President of NSE who was also the Chairman of the occasion, Engr Tasiu Gidari Wudil, described Jumoke’s victory as well deserved being a woman that have dedicated herself and resources to the profession.
Wudil expressed his optimism in the leadership of Jumoke to consolidate and better the welfare of members to continue to play active role in nation building.