As part of activity to mark this year’s International World Women’s Day, The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Lagos branch, ably led by Engineer, Ayotunde Ogunnoiki, MNSE was on Wednesday 10th March celebrated the Women Engineers in acknowledgment of their contribution to the growth and development of Engineering in Nigeria and their Spouses with the Public Lecture titled: #ChooseToChallenge.
The event which kicked off by 11 am had three facilitators.
The first facilitator, the Managing Director, the Nigerian Port Authority, Hajiya Hadiza Bala Usman, ably represented by Assistant General Manager, ICT, (Network & Communications) Engr. (Mrs.) Anthonia Ohagwa, FNSE, delivering the presentation of her boss said, this year’s celebration, is a call to action not just for accelerating gender parity but coming at a time when there is need to develop skills needed to work remotely with the use of technology, increase visibility and effectively positioning women to excel in their respective professions if sustainable future is to become a reality.
We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all.
Also speaking, Special Adviser to Lagos governor on Works & Infrastructure, Engr. (Mrs.) Aramide Adeyoye, FNSE in her presentation said, women are still underrepresented in public life and decision making, statistics made available by UNHCR shows that 60 per cent women around the world in informal sector, earning less, saving less and are at greater risk of falling into poverty, we need women’s representation that reflect all women and girls in their diversity and abilities across all cultural, social, economics and political situations, this is the only way, we will get real societal change that incorporate women in the deision making as equals and benefits us all.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Engr. (Mrs.) Abimbola Akinajo, FNSE urged the women to choose challenges that shows women are not invisible, choose challenges that would not allow the women folks sitting at the background, all women should understand, our success would not be brought, we had to go for it, challenge it, let us choose to be supportive to one another, let us choose to deliberate in our actions, let us choose to be upright in things done wrongly, you are there, choose to make it better, let not wait for governance in the country given us but participate actively in the politics, choose to develop our nation, Lamata boss said.