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NNPC boss, Baru, urges parents to encourage girl-child career in Engineering

Dr Makanti Baru,  the Group Managing Director(GMD) of the  Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) , has advised parents to encourage their daughters to take up careers  in engineering.

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‎Baru gave the advice on Saturday in Misau at the  inauguration  of the Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN), programme title “Invent it, Build it”

‎He said gone were the days when  engineering was for the male children alone as female children could become engineers nowadays.

‎”Parents should raise the awareness on the  value of science and engineering careers among their daughters.

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“Boys who study: Mathematics, Further Mathematicss, Chemistry, Biology and Physics in schools at present are more than girls.

‎”We need more girls  in the Sciences and I urge parents to give their daughters  all the necessary support and inspiration to study science subjects  in the primary and secondary schools.”

The NNPC boss advised parents to give ideas about  what science courses could  do to transform the society for the better to their children.

“Science education can accelerate development in the country. Small girls should be encouraged to study not only medicine but engineering as well,” he said.‎

‎Earlier,  the President of APWEN, Felicia Agubata said their mission was to stimulate women to achieve professional excellence as engineers and leaders.

‎”That is why we come to catch those girls young in Misau community through this our  maiden programme of “Invent it, built it,” she said. ‎

According to her, we are in Misau to showcase our intention of propagating the child-girl education, especially in sciences, right from the primary school.

‎”We want to serve as the catalyst for the advancement of women in the engineering profession toward national and global technology.

‎”APWEN has concluded arrangements to sponsor  10 girls from  Misau community from the primary school level  up to university level.

“APWEN  also plans to build and equip a model science laboratory for children at the Central Primary School Misau,” she said.

‎The president said the project was nurtured by APWEN supported by the NNPC to boost the girl-child career in engineering.

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