The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is ready to collaborate with the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) to encourage female children to study Engineering.
Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated this Tuesday when the leadership of APWEN paid him a courtesy visit at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.
The GMD who commended members of the association for demystifying the Engineering profession as a male job, said female engineers bring human and emotional touch to the profession by making sure that every engineering design has a human face.
He said female engineers do give a good account of themselves in the Oil and Gas Industry, stressing that the corporation would continue to partner APWEN in the quest to take Engineering to a higher heights.
“We have female engineers in the rigs, gas stations, refineries and most of our technical services. A female engineer is, indeed, involved in proffering solution to the recent fuel queues. They deliver whenever they are called upon to do so. NNPC is very much committed to the Engineering profession because it is the bedrock of our activities,” Dr. Baru noted.
The NNPC GMD stated that the corporation would continue to encourage female engineers in the employ of the corporation to participate in the activities of APWEN, assuring that some of them would be sponsored to take part in the forthcoming investiture of the association.
Earlier, APWEN President, Engr. Felicia Agubata, who led her national executive committee and the Abuja Chapter of the association on the visit, described NNPC as the pinnacle and enabler of the Nigerian economy, noting that the GMD as a first class engineer was at the fore-front of providing solutions to the challenges of the Oil and Gas Industry.
She applauded the NNPC for providing fuel for the national economy and expressed the readiness of the association to work with the corporation to encourage the study of engineering among female children
The highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a plaque to the GMD in recognition of his astute management of the corporation by APWEN President.