Who is Margaret Oguntala, first-ever female president of Nigerian Society of Engineers?

First NSE female president Margaret Oguntala

Margaret Oguntala has emerged as the first female president in the 65 years of existence of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

Mrs Oguntala was elected on Thursday at the society’s extraordinary general meeting. She will steer the affairs of the society for the next two years.

Oguntala obtained a B.ENG degree in chemical engineering from the University of Benin in 1986. She was inducted as a corporate member of the NSE in 1996, registered with Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) the same year and later became a fellow of NSE in 2010. A fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE), she is also a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC).

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Oguntala began her career as a youth corps member with North Brewery Limited, Kano where she worked as an operator and assistant process supervisor. She later gained employment as a chemical sales executive with Afro International Enterprises Ltd, Matori Lagos in 1988 where she rose to the position of marketing manager before leaving to start her own company, Bamsat Nigeria Limited in 1992. The company which started as a chemical sales outfit has grown under her watch and diversified into other areas such as environmental consultancy, oil and gas services and fire/safety with clients among which are NNPC, First Bank of Nigeria PLC, Guinness Nig. PLC and Alaro Free Trade Zone.

Oguntala’s current positions include managing partner, Bamsat Engineering Limited; board member, Black House Media; member, Governing Council, Lagos State Polytechnic among others.

She was the chairman of NSE Ikeja Branch (2009 – 2011) and a three-term vice president (2014, 2015 and 2016).

Oguntala has been married to Engr. Theophilus Oguntala for almost 33 years. They have children and grandchildren. Oguntala enjoys travelling, acting and reading.