ATABOR JULIUS, LOKOJA.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has
promised to build and equip a Science and Technology Laboratory to enhance
pupils’ interest in science and engineering profession, especially the Girl
Mr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of NNPC, disclosed
this at Foundation laying ceremony of a laboratory, to mark the sixth edition
of Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) in LGEA
primary school Ofugo, Kogi State.
The gesture was a collaboration between the NNPC and APWEN to
be named after Mr Kashim Ali, President, Council for the Regulation of
Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), who did his primary education at the school. Baru, represented by Dr Shuaibu Musa, Managing
Director, Medical, NNPC, said the laboratory would be established within the
school premises and managed by that the programme, tagged: ”Invent
it, Build it”, was aimed at inspiring the Girl-Child to take up the sciences to
pursue a career in Engineering.”
“When you think
inventions you think Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). “It is a documented fact that no nation has become powerful and develops
without the development of STEM. “Everything you can see around you is
products of STEM; engineers are the future of the nation. I have come to
encourage you to be engineers,” Baru said.
Baru added that the NNPC would award scholarship to 10
deserving girls from 10 primary schools; from primary to university level to
study sciences and ultimately engineering. He said that the scholarship
award would be named as” Engr Kashim Ali Engineering Scholarships for Girls,
and shall be managed by APWEN.
Ali commended the NNPC and APWEN for the honour bestowed on
him and for encouraging young children to develop keen interest in science and
engineering. Ali, who also received Award of
Excellence from APWEN for his excellent role in engineering, promised to buy a
new set of uniforms and sucks for all the three schools in the LEA Ofufo
primary school premises.
He urged the children
to be neat, adding that they should always dress well and be good ambassadors
of engineers. “I wish you well, and i wish your parents should encourage
you so that you can become what you should be in life,” Ali said.
Mr Felecia Agubata,
the President of APWEN, said the association remained committed to encouraging
women to achieve professional excellence as engineers and leaders. According to her, they have about 3000 members across the six
geopolitical zones and 36 years in existence. Recalled that 10 selected
winners (girls) in practical experiment performed by 100 participants from 10 schools
went home with one Hp Laptop each courtesy of Kashim Ali’s club. Three Hp laptops were also donated to the head
teachers on behalf of the three primary schools located within premises of the
LGEA school, Ofugo.
Bello, represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science
and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, said the state was witnessing another
success story through scholarships, sensitisation, contributions and donations
to the education sector. “We are excited more individuals
are developing interest to invest in education sector, just as Ali has done,
and has come back home to impact the lives of school children. “I am so
happy that this gesture has also set a trend for others to emulate, and I am
excited that Kogi is going to be finally repositioned in education sector.”