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Female professionals in ExxonMobil Nigeria, under the auspices of the Women Interest Network, have inaugurated an outreach programme to encourage girls to pursue careers in Engineering and Geosciences. The programme enables WIN members to hold lecture sessions and mentor female students, particularly Geosciences and Engineering students. Speaking at the inauguration of the initiative, Mrs. Toyin Sarumi, The President of ExxonMobil WIN in Nigeria, stated that the target of the initiative was to reach out to female students in no fewer than 15 universities in the country, preparing them for the challenges ahead of them. According to her, members of the association will also provide them information on how to gain employment in the oil and gas sector as well as how they can enjoy fulfilling careers in the industry and work/life balance, among others. Mrs. Jumoke Akinpelu, The Vice-President of the group, urged female students to pursue careers in Engineering and Geosciences, adding that the association would provide them the required assistance through the WIN initiative. The benefitting schools include Akwa Ibom State University; Rivers State University of Science and Technology; Federal University of Technology, Effurun; University of Lagos; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; University of Port Harcourt, and the University of Calabar. Others are the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; University of Benin; Delta State University, Abraka; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Enugu State University of Science & Technology; Federal University of Technology, Akure; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Anambra State University, Ulli, and the American University of Nigeria, Yola.  

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This article was first published on 9th October 2015

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