By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), said it has concluded plans to induct Builders and Construction Skilled Artisans Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN) to the Engineering family.
The COREN President,Engr.Ali Rabiu, made the disclosure recently, during a chat with journalists at the end of 162nd Ordinary Meeting of COREN held in Abuja.
Rabiu said the council has resolved to bring the informal sector on board, to join the engineering family.
He said, “We have directed the National Association of Engineering Craftsmen (NAEC) to find a way to register them, even though they are not certified because they are in the informal sector and we known that all over the world today, there is less emphasis on certificate but what one can bring to the table is what matters the most.
“When they are inducted into the engineering family, we can improve on their skills and add them to the development of the country to boost a better Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”, he said.
Speaking further on the gap between Engineers and technicians, Engr.Rabiu said that the challenge of having more engineers than technicians in the country was an area of concern to COREN and the entire engineering family in the country.
He said the council was still discussing with state governments to revive technical colleges in the country with a view to adopt and maintain global standards of having more technicians than engineers.