The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, has called for more women participation in driving the science of green energy.
Speaking at a grand finale of a science essay competition at UNILAG organised by the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World to celebrate the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, Ogunsola said the creativity that women bring to bear in science could not be ignored by a country that is interested in rapid development.
The theme of the event was ‘Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth’ a Necessity for Nigeria’.
“There is a need to have more women driving the science and heeding the conversion to green energy. The theme is very apt especially in a country that is slowly recognising that you cannot fly with one of your wings.” Ogunsola said.
“The perspective of creativity and pragmatism that women bring to bear in science cannot be ignored by a country that is interested in developing rapidly and taking a significant pace amongst the committee of nations in the 21st century.”
Also, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Dr Kehinde Kemabonta, urged the government and other stakeholders in science to promote science by providing up-to-date equipment to encourage the girl child’s dream of becoming a scientist.
“We find out that anytime we travel out of the country and we are doing some work, we do far better than we do here in Nigeria because they have all the equipment; so, we should bring all the equipment here to encourage women. I want us as a nation to promote science and to encourage the girls in science.”
“My message is that it’s good to be a scientist and we should promote the girls in science as well as the women in science. The government and the president should see the need to promote science, bring up funds in the universities for research work,” Kemabonta added.
President of OWSD, Lagos Branch, Prof. Joy Okpuzor, explained that 2,500 schoolgirls took part in the science essay competition and 10 students were shortlisted.