The Association of Professional Women Engineers, Kwara Chapter on Friday took up the sponsorship of Miss Atoyebi Abiodun, an SS1 girl-mechanic in Ilorin.
The chairperson of the union,, Mrs Oluwatoyin Ayotunde, explained that the girl-mechanic is an orphan who decided to take up the profession of her late father who was a mechanic.
Ayotunde explained that the girl-mechanic who practices her job in Ilorin, however needs financial aid to further her education.
“From a recent video clip about the girl, we learnt took over her late father’s work as a mechanic after his death.
“Because of the interest she has in Engineering, she took up the late father’s job and work on motorbikes and generators.
“The association deems it fit as part of our vision and mission to pay visit to the girl and see how we can ensure we help her sustain her vision to become an Engineer.
“Presently, the girl stays with her grandmother, so we have decided to contribute monetarily towards her education and mentor her to ensure that she gets admission into the University.”
She further stressed that, “the association serve as a catalyst for the advancement of women in Engineering and Technology both at the national and international level.
“We also encourage young girls to go into the Engineering profession due to the fact that fewer girls are into the profession.
“We want to erase the stereo type and belief that Engineering is meant for men. Though, it is male dominated, we urge young girls to embrace science and eventually go into the profession.”
Ayotunde reiterated the resolve of the Association to continue to encourage and support the girls child achieve their potential, in order to contribute to the development of the country.
Speaking with NAN also, Miss Atoyebi Abiodun, the girl-mechanic said being with her father who was a mechanic developed her interest in Engineering.
She explained that though people may view the profession as male dominated, she however has passion to pursue the profession.
“I love the profession because my father made a living as a mechanic, I can also make a living.
“But I want to go to school to become an Engineer and with the help from the Women Engineer Association, I will work hard to achieve success and not to let them down for having hope in me,” she said.
Abiodun also advised young girls not to look at mechanic job as dirty, but to look at the fulfilment in the job.
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