An Nsukka Woman: First Female Engineer in Nigeria.

Posted by Cosmas Asogwa On Saturday, April 6, 2013 0 comments

The Department of Electrical /Electronic Engineering of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, honoured the first female engineer in the country, Mrs Grace Ezema.
The event, which took place at the auditorium of the institution in Enugu, attracted reknowned engineers and academics, especially from her alma mater, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

In a message, the Vice-Chancellor of ABU, Prof Abdullahi Mustapha, said that the educational and professional experience of Ezema should be a challenge to the womenfolk in Nigeria.

Mustapha said the engineering profession was not only open to males but that females should take a chance.

The vice-chancellor, who was represented by Prof Anthony Obi, a mechanical engineer, congratulated Ezema for her achievements and urged young girls to enrol in the profession.

The Enugu State Commissioner for Lands, Dr. Emeka Ujam, congratulated Ezema and described her as a trailblazer, pathfinder and rare gem.

"Your foray into the engineering profession at an era when the profession is virtually dominated by men has distinguished you as a trailblazer.

"I dare say that Enugu state is proud to have you as her own," he said.

In a message, the Rector of IMT, Prof. Michael Iloeje, urged students to emulate the achievements of Ezema.

Iloeje said that her service to the country in various capacities had contributed toward the development of the institute and Nigeria in general.

In a keynote address, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof Otis Anyaeji, said that engineers had contributed a lot toward the socio- economic development of the country.

Anyaeji, a former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, urged the society to get involved in governance of the country by offering advice and criticism to government projects.

In her response, Ezema thanked the engineering department, IMT, ABU and her contemporaries for honouring her and promised to offer her wealth of experience whenever the need arose.

The event featured presentation of gifts and goodwill messages from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Abuja and Enugu.

Ezema attended ABU in 1963 and was the first female graduate of Electrical Engineer in the country. She was Head of Department of the Electrical/Electronic Department of IMT.

She retired from the services of Power Holding Company of Nigeria in 2012.

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