…receives applause for championing cause of women engineers
By Chibisi Ohakah
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Baru Maikanti has tasked the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) to find better ways of collaborating with the engineering professionals within the oil and gas industry and the academia with a view to providing lasting solutions to some of the challenges bedeviling the industry today.
Speaking during a visit by the management of the Corporation, Baru observed that the NSE has remained at the forefront of providing the right direction and the necessary professional support towards catalyzing sustainable energy growth in Nigeria since 1958.
The NNPC GMD said the visit was part of the corporation’s strategic stakeholder engagement with professional bodies with which the corporation shares common goals of championing Nigeria’s march towards strengthening professionalism, capacity development, local content and industrialisation.
He noted that the NSE has over the years, continued to play a pivotal role in transforming the engineering profession in Nigeria. Baru said the Corporation would continue to identify with NSE’s resolve to groom professional engineers as well as promote and entrench engineering excellence in the country.
He explained that this role has become crucial due to the increasing need for a sustainable and secure energy mix that would support the nation’s quest for economic prosperity and growth.
In his remarks, while receiving the NNPC delegation, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, commended the NNPC for its exemplary role in the advocacy of science and engineering-based education for the girl child through support for the activities of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN).
NSE President disclosed that by identifying with APWEN in its quest to engender a sound foundation for female engineering professionals in the country, the corporation was taking a step that would invariably illuminate the nation’s engineering and technological landscape a few years from now.
Engr. Mokuolu particularly commended the NNPC GMD whom he described as a worthy first-class ambassador of the engineering profession, saying Baru was not just a first-class scholar but also a worthy administrator.