Oando Plc led by a delegation of its female engineers have mentored female pupils in one of its foundation adopted primary schools, on the role and importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM, in the world, why they are passionate about STEM and proud to have built successful careers in it.
The programme organized in commemoration of the 2019 International Day of Women and Girls in Science with the theme ‘Investment in Women in Science for Inclusive Green Growth, was held at the Arch Bishop Taylor Primary School, Victoria Island.
The aim of the programme was to provide a platform for the female engineers to engage female pupils towards considering and embracing STEM subjects for a future career in STEM by sharing real life and relatable stories that would inspire the young girls.
Seun Solanke, Principal Reservoir Engineer, Oando Energy Resources, one of the mentors, advised the girls to be proactive in their research into STEM-related careers, she also spoke extensively on what motivated her to a career in the sciences.
Lolade Shebanjo, Project Planning & Controls Engineer, Oando said; “I felt fortunate to be surrounded by future female scientists. I was reminded of the fact that when you wear a helmet, it doesn’t matter if you are a woman or a man; your mission is to keep achieving.”
Speaking further on the initiative, Abimbola Otulayo, Project Document Comptroller, Oando said; “It was awe-inspiring seeing the little girls’ faces light up with attentiveness and interest during the sessions. I am definitely inspired to do more to help the youth of Nigeria.”