By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria(COREN)and Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE),said the two bodies are collaborating to fight against quackery in the Engineering profession.
This was made known by the National Chairman of the NICE Engr. Mrs Aishatu Umar, who led a delegation Of her National Executives on a Courtesy Visit to the President of COREN Engr. Ali Rabiu, at the COREN Headquarters in Abuja,recently.
A statement signed by Head Public Relations, Haruna Ojonugwa, said addressing the President and Management of the Council, the National Chairman of NICE extended the institutions warm congratulations to the President on his emergence as the President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria stating that the institution was particularly excited to have a member of their institution with great track record of accomplishments in Engineering Politics and Practice in Nigeria occupy the highly coveted office.
Mrs Umaru highlighted some of the areas of mutual cooperation with the Council.
She also expressed worry over the issue of quackery in the Engineering sector saying “the fact is that, the job of Nigerian Civil Engineers have been high jacked by politicians and people who have nothing to do with the profession. And this has result in to building collapses and other infrastructure in Nigeria.
“We are appealed to COREN to aggressively fight against quackery in Civil Engineering domain in Nigeria as this will create jobs for the teaming population of Civil Engineers in Nigeria”,she said
Consequently,the NICE boss charged the COREN president on Engineering Regulation Monitoring (ERM)while urging him to strengthen and properly fund the Engineering Regulation Monitoring program of COREN in order to effectively checkmate those who have invaded the Engineering Profession especially in the Civil Engineering Profession.
She further explained that,corruption in the Civil Engineering projects has remained a major challenge to the practicing Civil Engineers in Nigeria further stating that getting jobs in Nigeria despite evidence of competence has become a herculean task.
She called on COREN to take advantage of its MOU with the Independent Corrupt Practice and other related Offences Commission to take aggressive action on corruption in the Civil Engineering Projects to sustain quality project delivery.
The National Chairman expressed joy over the released official Gazette no 51, volume 105 concerning COREN Regulation on the Construction Industry through an Executive Order endorsed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .
According to her ,COREN should take aggressively drive toward the implementation of the gazette.
She pointed out some of the major highlights in the gazette which are
“Designs of all major engineering works are to be carried out in Nigeria.
All contracts up to N2.5B are to be reserved exclusively for Nigerian Engineering Firms.
Copies of all stamped working drawings are to be kept on site for inspection purposes.”
“All major engineering contracts shall have a training component for training of engineering personnel.
All drawings for the works shall be duly cross checked and endorsed by duly registered engineer.
Regulation Compliance Committee – Division of COREN to be established to ensure compliance with BPP laws, local content laws.”
“In case of building collapse, the owner shall find all investigation costs, preliminary report shall be ready within two weeks of collapse while final report will be presented within 90 days of incidence and shall be made public. Culpable engineers shall be tried by COREN tribunal.
Upon completion works, a certificate of fitness designed by COREN shall be completed the consulting engineer and handed over to the owner”,she emphasized
Meanwhile,Responding to the delegates, the President of COREN Engr. A. Rabiu, said he was honoured and delighted to have his own institution visit him and thanked them for their support.
He assured the delegation that he would critically look at all their proposals and collaborate with the institution where necessary.