By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has stated that it is determined to consolidate the gains of 2017 and take the engineering profession in Nigeria to greater height in 2018 in spite of challenges.
COREN president, Engr Kashim Abdul Ali who stated this while briefing newsmen at the agency’s 2017 last quarter press conference in Abuja.
“As we move forward, it is our hope that the milestones COREN has achieved this year will continue to spur the engineering sector to greater heights. This task is enormous but we are more determined than ever to surmount it,” the COREN boss said.
Engineer Ali also hinted that Nigeria is on the verge of becoming a signatory to the famous Washington Accord, an international engineering professional club to which the highest players in engineering in the world belong so that a non-member country is considered underdeveloped in engineering.
He said desirous of recognition of equivalence of educational base for Nigerian engineering personnel at the professional level, COREN has acquired the membership of the Federation of engineering Institutions of Asia and Pacific (FELAP).
“Becoming a member of the Washington Accord,” Engr Ali said, “is going to be a landmark achievement in engineering development in Nigeria. There are 19 member countries at present and we hope to become the 20th member in 2018 to earn the recognition of being one of the biggest engineering countries world over,” he said.
As part of measures taken to
ensure standard in the engineering practice in the country, Engr Ali said in the outgoing year, COREN set up an Engineering Regulation Monitoring Unit, with 6 inspectorates inaugurated in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yenagoa, Uyo and Calabar respectively, which visited collapsed building sites and came up with 21 cases that are being investigated.
Also in the course of the year, COREN’s course accreditation team visited 20 institutions and out of 87 programmes, 58 had full accreditation while 5890 engineers were registered.