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Allow Us Fix Nigeria’s Moribund Refineries – Female Engineers Beg Tinubu 

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The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), on Saturday, appealed to President Bola Tinubu to give female engineers an opportunity to fix the nation’s moribund refineries.

Newly-elected APWEN Lagos Chapter Chairman, Mrs. Atinuke Owolabi, made the call during the association’s public lecture and Annual General Meeting in Ikeja.

Owolabi assured that female engineers spread across the various arms of the profession could fix the refineries within a year.

“All women engineers are ready to come together and see how we can proffer solutions, making sure that we revamp these refineries.

“So, we call on our president to challenge female engineers to revamp and rehabilitate these refineries, and I want to assure you that, within a year, just challenge us, and we will make sure that the refineries would be put into operation by the grace of God,” she said.

She said any nation aspiring for development must empower its indigenous engineers and manpower.

“It is imperative that our homegrown engineers are empowered and granted the right opportunity to showcase our competence,” she said.

She said women had inbuilt natural qualities of being good managers and being excellent, adding that their talents should also be explored in building roads and other critical infrastructure.

Owolabi said Nigeria should reduce reliance on foreign experts and give opportunities to local engineers who are equally or more competent than their imported counterparts.

“I want to also implore our leaders, especially our president and governors, to empower indigenous engineers because we are very good.

*Mrs. Mary Afolayan, former Lagos Chapter Chairman, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN); Mrs. Roseline Madaki, former chairman, Lagos Island Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers; a member of APWEN, Mrs. Modinat Sowemimo; Guest speaker and past APWEN President, Mrs. Olayinka Abdul and newly elected APWEN Lagos Chapter Chairman, Mrs. Atinuke Owolabi during the association’s public lecture and 2023 Annual General Meeting on Saturday in Lagos.

“A country without engineers cannot develop,” she said.

Owolabi, a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, promised that her administration would focus on mentorship and skill development for young engineers.

She also pledged collaboration with other NGOs while reeling out planned development programs for three Lagos communities.

“Together, we shall shatter barriers and triumph over challenges in reaffirmation of the fact that gender should never constrain one’s potential in any domain,” she said.

The guest speaker, Mrs. Olayinka Abdul, speaking on the theme, “The Role of Female Engineers in Building Sustainable Infrastructure”, said rising fuel prices required urgent measures for green alternatives.

Abdul, a former APWEN President, said green buildings reduce waste, conserve energy and ensure huge energy savings and enormous long-term benefits.

She said Lagos was investing heavily in renewable energy while listing completed and ongoing interventions in various sectors, including health, education, housing, and transportation.

Abdul said the various options available were wasted because some Nigerians have a class mentality not allowing them to embrace local research.

She cited examples of viable technologies, developed by “our forefathers”, being ignored because people want to move with trending foreign technologies.

Abdul advised APWEN to adopt communities and train them on how to generate power from their waste.

She also enumerated measures female engineers could adopt against workplace discrimination and how to receive mentorship from male counterparts without bruising their ego.

Panelists at the event proffered solutions to the multifaceted problem of inadequate water supply in Lagos State.

They enumerated ways mentorship and advocacy could grow the capacity of female engineers.

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Makinde Places Oyo State On Road Towards Electricity Sustainability

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PDP’s Agboworin wins House of Representatives re-run election in Oyo

…Signs Electricity Regulatory Commission bill into law

Oyo State may finally be moving towards self-sufficiency in Electricity generation and supply as Gov. Seyi Makinde on Friday signed into law, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission Bill 2024.

Makinde, signing the bill in Ibadan, said it was to give the state the opportunity to develop its roadmap to sustainable electricity.

He said: ”This law will enable Oyo state to generate, transmit, and distribute electricity within the state.

“With the decentralisation of electricity generation, transmission, and distribution, it has become obvious that Nigerians can access dividends of democracy if federalism is practised as it should be and more powers devolved to the states.

“Amendments of the constitution like this is what we mean when we advocate for fiscal federalism.

“In years to come as we work towards energy sufficiency, our people can hold state governments accountable on the issue of electricity supply”.

Earlier, the state House of Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr Mohammed Fadeyi, said that signing the bill into law would make it the first time the state would come up with an independent electricity project.

Government functionaries that witnessed the occasion include the Deputy Gov., Chief Bayo Lawal; Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo; and Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr Segun Ogunwuyi.

The Head of Service, Mrs Olubunmi Oni, and Commissioner for Energy, Mr Temilolu Ashamu, were also present.

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TCN Says Grid, Finally Restored

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says the national grid has been restored after it collapsed at about 1.49 p.m. on Tuesday.

The General Manager Public Affairs of TCN, Mrs Ndidi Mbah said this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

Mbah said ”The grid experienced a collapse today.  Presently, supply has been restored except for the Jos Axis, which will soon have supply within the hour.

”The collapse happened by 1.49 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and It is now fully restored”.

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Nigeria, Germany Sign $500m Renewable Energy Pact, Gas Export Agreement

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Nigeria and Germany have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on the supply of gas from Nigeria to Germany and another $500 million worth of renewable energy projects in Nigeria

A statement by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, said President Bola Tinubu witnessed the signing of the two MoUs on the sidelines of the 10th German-Nigeria Business Forum on Tuesday in Berlin, Germany.

The signing is part of the burgeoning economic partnership between Nigeria and Germany as well as a further expansion and strengthening of their bilateral ties.

The agreements are between Riverside LNG of Nigeria and Johannes Schuetze Energy Import AG of Germany on the gas export partnership, while the other is between Union Bank of Nigeria and DWS Group on cooperation in renewable energy.

CEO of GasInvest, Mr David Ige, who signed the MoU on gas supply, said the Riverside LNG project aims to supply energy from Nigeria to Germany, extinguishing about 50 million cubic feet per day of flared gas in Nigeria.

”The project will supply energy from Nigeria to Germany at 850,000 tonnes per annum, expanding to 1.2 million tonnes per annum.

”The first gas will leave Nigeria for Germany in 2026, and there will be further expansion.

‘’This will extinguish about 50 million cubic feet per day of flared gas in Nigeria and open alleyways of new and greater exports of gas to Germany,’’ he said.

The German partners expressed confidence in investing in Nigeria’s gas sector.

Chief Operating Officer of Johannes Schuetze Energy Import AG, Mr Frank Otto, described the partnership as a “big deal” for the German market.

Chairman of Union Bank, Mr Farouk Gumel, disclosed the commitment of $500 million for e-energy projects in Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of rural inclusion and bringing more people into the formal economy.

”We believe this would bring rural inclusion and capture more people into the formal economy. Without inclusion, there is no growth. Thank you, Mr President,” Gumel said.

Welcoming the new deals, Tinubu assured German businesses that with Nigeria’s stable political landscape, foreign investments into the country are secure.

He said, ”Since 1999, we have witnessed changes in democratic governance, with peaceful transfers of power within and between parties. Democracy in Nigeria has proven to be flexible and resilient.

‘’Shake off any remnants of the military era syndrome; we have moved beyond that. Despite challenges faced by other African nations, Nigeria stands firm, and we are your partners.”

Outlining some of the achievements of his administration, which include his globally acclaimed economic reforms, Tinubu emphasized his commitment to sustaining the reforms and building stronger Nigerian-German relations.

He added, ”For those who fear various obstacles; look at me—I come from the private sector, trained by Deloitte. I served as the treasurer in Exxon Mobil.

”Define corporate governance in any way, and I am in it. I governed Lagos for eight consecutive years.

‘’Today, I can proudly beat my chest that Lagos State is on the horizon and the fifth-largest economy in Africa, rising from ground zero. This is the track record that led me to the presidency.

”Nigerians voted for me for reforms, and from day one of my inauguration, I implemented the reforms. My inaugural speech did not disclose what I would do.”

According to Tinubu, he removed the fuel subsidy that was a great burden to Nigerians from the moment he stepped into office.

”The arbitrage regime is gone forever. Now, you can bring your money in and out as you wish. If you encounter any problems, rest assured that I have built one of the most reliable teams Nigeria has seen to address them.

‘’I appeal to you to forget the past and focus on building a relationship that removes obstacles, fostering progress and prosperity in Nigerian-German relations.

”You can rely on us; we can rely on you; both of us can chorus Hallelujah at the same time,” the president said.

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