The House of Representatives has initiated plans to empower Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) with the right to arrest and prosecute quacks in the practice of engineering.
The House has also received report of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) put in place by its Committee on Works to review the engineers (registration) Act amendment Bill submitted to the committee.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, had on January 22, 2018 constituted TAC, headed by Prof. Christian Amaechi, to look at the 37 submissions received by the committee and make relevant recommendations.
The Technical Committee noted that there is an urgent need to amend the Act to promote and ensure the highest standards of professionalism in engineering practice in the country.
The objective of the Bill, according to TAC, is to “empower COREN to arrest and prosecute quacks in the practice of engineering; give oversight responsibility to COREN over companies engaged in engineering projects in Nigeria; enforce the regulations, rules, ethics and codes of practice.”
Other objectives of the Bill are: “Register and licence all engineering personnel and firms; include offences and penalties as well as their enforcement; empower COREN to earn more revenue to fund its operations and activities to compliment government funding and extend the mandate of COREN to include engineering regulation and monitoring.”
TAC, whose term of reference was to review all the submission made to House Committee on Works at the public hearing, research and analyze global beat practices and their adaptation to the Nigerian environment and other references,
, has, however, adopted the option of hybrid of both combined government and professional association driving the process.
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