By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The President of the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN),Engr.Rabiu Ali,said that the council has been empowered by Engineers Registration Amendment Act 2018 to sanction quacks in the engineering sector .
Ali made this known to newsmen at a press briefing in Abuja.
He said the Act has increased the powers of the council to sanction quacks and punish anyone committing infractions on engineering projects.
It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on March 22 assented to the Engineers Registration Amendment Act 2018.
According to him, the amended laws would help the council to address holistically the issue of building collapses which were becoming embarrassing to the council and the nation.
“The law also empowers the council to ensure capacity building and monitoring of local content in the Nigerian engineering sector. Our new law has empowered us to go after quacks in the engineering profession; before now the law empowered us only to discipline or sanction engineers and practitioners who are on our register.
“The new law has, however, empowered us to not only punish engineers and practitioners who are on our register but any citizen committing infractions on engineering projects”,Engr. Ali explained.
Consequently, he said we are working on the modality of implementing the law and as soon as we are through with that we will go to town, we will take appropriate measures on issues of building collapse.
The president of council added that other powers given to the council included expanding the quality and scope of its regulations,
increasing the number of council members and improving the sources of funds.
“This also include strengthening administration and the practice as well as professional development of practitioners, and establishing an Engineering Regulation and Monitoring (ERM) Department within the council among others.
“the ERM would ensure effective monitoring of projects across the country and many regulations would be churned out by COREN to guide the way and manner infrastructure projects were being handled”.
Meanwhile, Registrar of COREN Prof. Joseph Odigure, said the council was collaborating with relevant agencies like Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to have the enabling standards, particularly for engineering infrastructure development.