Expert seeks enabling environment for women scientists

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women scientistsABUJA – Prof. Osita Okeke has called on the Federal Government to create an environment conducive for women scientist to actualise potential and contribute to the nation development.
Okeke, a geophysics and professor emeritus of Enugu State University of and Technology, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
The professor, is consultant to the Ministry of Power, said the challenges of women in sector had been cultural, social, and lack of career opportunities.
He said in the past, access to higher education limited to the girl-child, but in the recent time women excel in -related courses at the university levels.
“It is obvious women scientists at the highest levels are increasing and the current of gender balancing is bringing out the best in them.
“With a vast talent base and youth population, we are experiencing women have shown the zeal and are also committed to what they are doing.[eap_ad_2]
“As a country, we can foresee a strong for building a strong base in Science and Technology sector,’’ he said.
Okeke, however, called for a initiative to enhance the number of women scientists as well as retrain those already in the system well structured schemes.
“The government should do all it could to invest in talented women scientists and technologists to accelerate the pace of country’s development.
“This will leverage potential and knowledge in the development processes of the country.
 He called on Nigerian women scientist to focus attention on entrepreneurship and develop young technocrats to exploit full potential. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]