By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has said his administration has taken concrete steps towards addressing the infrastructural challenges in the state.
A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ismaila Uba Misilli, said the Governor made this pledge while inaugurating the Gombe State Technical Committee (GSTC) and the Gombe State Expatriate Monitoring Committee (GSEMC) of the Engineering Regulations Monitoring by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN.
He said from the construction of township roads to the land administration reforms and the enforcement of building codes and regulations, his government will continue to enforce regulations and ensure that engineering practices conform to the highest standards.
The Governor said any engineer supervising any project in Gombe state must be fully registered by COREN and must possess a practicing license as a condition for pre-qualification in all engineering projects in the State.
Governor Yahaya described Engineering as the bedrock of infrastructural development, saying the profession has played crucial role in the development of great countries.
He noted that the emergence of the Covid-19 has added another risk factor to the practice of engineering, urging the committees to come up with appropriate guidelines to regulate the practice of engineering during the pandemic, in line with best practices.
He said for Nigeria to achieve its developmental objectives, strong emphasis must be placed on the role of engineering and other related professions.
The Governor who noted that COREN performs key role in ensuring that engineering practice in Nigeria is executed with strict compliance to relevant codes, observed that, “From bridges to highways, water treatment plants to electricity plants, drainages to dams, housing and office infrastructure, the role of engineering in infrastructural development cannot be over-emphasized”.