By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The House of Assembly in its plenary session has move to amend the act of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria ( COREN) .
The Act, Cap, E11, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 was to introduce New Register for Engineering firms .
These include; Engineering Personnel, to broaden the power of the Council and its Registrar and the recognition of other professional bodies outside the Nigerian Society of Engineers to nominate representatives to the Council among others; and for Related Matters 2017 to the House Committee on Works for further deliberations after scaling the Second Reading.
The Bill, which has 22 sections, 3 schedules and an explanatory memorandum, provides solutions to the above mentioned deficiencies and other limitations stated here under, Section 1 (2) of the Bill seeks to expand the membership of the Council from 26 to 29 in order to accommodate representatives from Consulting firms, Construction industry and Manufacturing industry. Section 1 (2) (g) seeks to provide for the appointment of one person from the Armed Forces or paramilitary in rotation;Section 2 (3) (a) of the Bill seeks to empower COREN to earn more revenue to fund its operations and activities so as to compliment Government funding;Section 4 (3) makes it mandatory for all Engineering Personnel and Firms to be registered and licensed by the Registrar of the Council;Section 18 (5) which deals with offences and penalties, makes liable any person or organisation who offers engineering services and works or charges a professional fee without a valid license issued by the Council to pay a stipulated fine;Section 18 (6) deals with the power to arrest and prosecute engineering organisations not registered with the Council. And upon conviction by the Engineering Tribunal, such organisation shall forfeit all proceeds of the transaction to the Federal Government of Nigeria;Section 21 (2) and (3) provide for the establishment of Engineering Regulation Monitoring (ERM) charged with the duties of monitoring firms and ensuring that engineering is practiced in Nigeria in accordance with relevant codes of engineering practice, in the protection of her development and economic investment.