APWEN Women – Driving Socio-Economic Development In Power And Water Engineering

Address by

Engr. (Mrs.) Nnoli Akpedeye FNSE, FNICE, PMP, FMP

President, The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria

APWEN Seminars titled:

“APWEN Women – Driving Socio-Economic Development in Power and Water Engineering

March & April 2015




I am most delighted to address this august audience today. The month of March is the United Nation’s designated International Month of Women and it is an honour to be in the midst of such distinguished professional women and gentlemen of high repute.


The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) is a non-governmental educational service organisation and a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. Founded in 1982, APWEN’s Vision is to be the catalyst for advancement of women in the engineering profession towards national and global technological development; while our Mission is:

  • to continuously increase awareness that engineering is also a career for girls, thereby improving the strength of female engineers;
  • to encourage women to achieve professional excellence as engineers and leaders; and
  • to promote the engineering profession as a positive force in enhancing the quality of life.


Since 1975, the United Nations has celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8th March and in his address to commemorate IWD 2015, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon stated that:


‘When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.’


There is no greater maxim than the foregoing, especially for our country Nigeria. I therefore urge APWEN members in particular to take up the challenge to unleash our latent talents and accelerate actions to deliver positive, sustainable advances in Nigeria’s economic, political and social development.


This year, the UN’s theme for International Women’s Day is the clarion call of UN Women’s Beijing (twenty years after) campaign:

“Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”

Whilst we are all urged to join governments and activists across the world in commemorating the ground-breaking Beijing Conference of 1995, we must celebrate the many achievements that have come since then and galvanize programmes to address the gaps that still remain in making gender equality a reality.


In line with APWEN’s 2015 focus on Power and Water Engineering, our 2015 IWD theme is:

“APWEN Women – Driving Socio-Economic Development in Power and Water Engineering”.

Consequently, today’s Seminar has been organised to elucidate the significant contributions and achievements of women engineers in Power and Water Engineering to demonstrate APWEN’s unflinching commitment to improve the living standards in our communities.


Reliable water supply, sanitation and water resources management will boost Nigeria’s economic growth and contribute greatly to poverty eradication. In fact studies show that the economic benefits of improved water supply range from USD 3 to USD 34 per USD 1 invested (depending on the region and technologies applied). The gains would be mainly in the health, agricultural and industrial sectors. Therefore, investing in Water is Good Business!

Similarly, economic activities are majorly underpinned by power supply so the socio-economic advantages of dependable, renewable power supply cannot be over-emphasized.


APWEN Chapters across the country have specific renewable energy and small-scale water supply projects being progressed from design to execution and I encourage all our stakeholders to join forces with us to build a brighter tomorrow for future generations.


APWEN continues to be the vanguard for women in engineering as we deliver programmes that propagate our motto: – ENCOURAGE, ENHANCE, EXCEL by:

  • encouraging women engineers to grow our professional careers and attain our potentials in engineering; and encouraging the girl-child in the study of sciences ultimately leading to choice of engineering as a profession
  • enhancing the competence of women engineers through professional development, mentorship and networking
  • providing a platform for female engineering students and women engineers to excel


I wish you fruitful and enriching deliberations, and once again request for like-minded individuals, public and private institutions/organisations and the academia to collaborate with APWEN so that together we will make the difference in Power and Water Engineering for the Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria!