The University of Northumbria in Newcastle, UK, and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria-Kaduna, Nigeria, have concluded plans to host a one-day training session for female construction graduates.

According to a statement released on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, by the Public Affairs Directorate, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, ABU, the workshop will take place in the institution on Tuesday, 14th May, 2024.

According to the statement, the workshop was a component of a collaborative research initiative between universities that aimed to “strengthen pathways into employment for women graduates from further and higher education.“

A gender equality partnership grant under the British Council’s Going Global Partnership initiative is supporting the research partnership, named “ARe-SuRe–Gender Diversification of Construction Industry Workfare: Attracting, Supporting, and Retaining Women Graduates.”

Prof Kulomri Jipato Adogbo of the Department of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Environmental Design, ABU, Zaria, secured the Gender Equality Partnerships grant along with a UK partner in the programme, Dr Ernest Effah Ameyaw, of the University of Northumbria.

Adogbo, whose research interests include construction project management, gender studies on women in construction, as well as construction contracts and procurement, is the Nigerian lead in the research project.

The Nigerian collaborators in the project include the Lead, Prof Kulomri Jipato Adogbo, ABU; Deputy Lead, Prof Joy Joshua Maina, ABU; and Associated Partner, the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) Foundation.