By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
With so much activities that happened in 2019, the Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria(COREN) has achieved loudable footprints and looking forward to greater achievements in year 2020.
COREN is empowered to regulate and control the practice of Engineering profession in Nigeria in all its aspects and ramifications.
Over the years COREN has achieved some degree of successes in areas of registration of engineering practitioners,accreditation of course in territory institutions and training of practitioners.
Consequently, the council had not been able to enforce rules and codes of practice due to weak laws, inadequate funding and inconsistency in government policies thereby necessitating the call for concerted effort of a COREN Act.
One of the outstanding achievements recorded by the Engineering Council was the successful signing of the Amendment Act into law by president Muhamadu Buhari on March 18th, 2019.
The amendment act gave the council far reaching powers such as enchanting prosecutorial powers, expanding the quality and scope of its regulations among others .
However, with the signing in to law of engineering registration, the president of the council Engr.Ali Rabiu inaugurated an 18-man Strategic Implementations Committee for the New COREN ACT on 16th of May 2019 with the overall objective to look at the keys issues in the act with the view to developing a roadmap for effective implementation.
The committee which was given four (4)weeks to complete its task swung in to immediate action and by 17th 0f June 2019 submitted its recommendation and strategies for immediate implementation.
The council is already in the process of implementation these recommendations.
As the council journeyed through their set goal, engineers all over the country came for their 28th COREN Engineering Assembly which held from 19th August to 21st 2019 .
Similarly, during the 163rd Ordinary Council Meeting held on the 12th of September 2019, the council approved the establishment of Engineering Accreditation Board(EAB) which was inaugurated by the council’s president Engr. Ali Rabiu on the 5th of November,2019 at the COREN headquarters in Abuja .
However, the council in a bit to enhance the process and procedures of registering Engineering Practitioners and Firm in line with Global Best practices, established the Registration Department .
The Committee was also inaugurated on 5th November, 2019, with six(6)weeks (1st June,2020)to complete its task and submit its report to the council.
Interestingly, the council applied to become a Provisional Signatory to the Washington Accord but the application was turned down at the International Engineering Alliance Meeting held in Hong Kong on 9th -14th June, 2019 because the IEA had concerns with the level of autonomy as a Government Agency and COREN ‘s Accreditation System.
Council is required to resubmit its application to be International Engineering Alliance, hence a Washington Accord Application Committee was inaugurated on 5th November,2019 to further process COREN’s Application for provisional Signatory Status to the Washington Accord in the International Engineering Alliance and any other relevant issues.
The committee was given a time frame of six week to complete its task and submit a report back to council.
In order to determine the standards of knowledge required to qualify as engineering personnel, COREN carried out the accreditation of engineering programmes in Nigerian universities.
Meanwhile,COREN also collaborated with the National Board for Technical Engineering Education (NBTE) to carry out the accreditation of Engineering Programmes in polytechnics .
During the period under review,COREN accreditation Teams visited some Institutions to accredit different programmers .
In 2019 the team visited 12 universities institutions, where they assessed 44 programmes. Already, 38 programmes have full accreditation and 10 programmes had interim accreditation, while 19 polytechnics were visited and 31 programmes were assessed.
COREN registration of Engineering practitioners/Engineering firms were not left behind, as about 7677 Engineers were registered; Technologists 762,Technicians 46, Craftsmen 95, expatriates 28 and 21 firms were all registered.
The Engineering Regulations Monitoring(ERM)comprises of ERM National Technical Committee and ERM state Technical Committee and have visited Organisation and building collapse sites in which nine(9) reports and actions were accordingly taken.