Dr. Francisca Nwafulugo, Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Oko in Anambra State, has stated that more women now wnrol in engineering programmes in higher learning institutions across the country.
The Rector who is a Chemical Engineer, made this known while delivering a public lecture on “The Female Engineer and her Career” which was organised by the Calabar chapter of Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria in Calabar, Cross River State.
During the public lecture event, Nwafulugo stated that the percentage had increased from a paltry number in the 1960s to a significant number at present while commending women for taking up the challenge.
She made it known that the records showed that women enrolment in engineering programmes had increased by 77 per cent and by 63 per cent for male enrollment and advised women engineers to be firm and courageous irrespective of their background and field of engineering.
The Chairman of APWEN, Calabar chapter, Engr. Adebisi Osim, stated that the association’s mission was to encourage women to achieve professional excellence as engineers and capable leaders in the society.
Engr. Felicia Agubata, President of APWEN, who was represented by Engr. Nnenna Igwegbe, advised the young and up-coming engineers and engineering students to explore new skills by developing innovative software for designs as such innovations will promote the profession and create jobs.